## Policies

Below are Del Mar's math department's policies for the 2018-2019 school year.

## Learning Opportunities (LOs)

Learning opportunities reinforce skills, concepts, and information learned in class. It encourages students to take initiative and responsibility for completing a task, and it is integral to the success in our middle-school math program.

- Learning Opportunity (LO) will be synonymous with Homework
- LOs will be assigned approximately three to four times per week.
- Students will receive 2 points for LOs turned in complete and on time. Students will earn 1.7 points for late (but complete) LOs. A zero will be recorded for any assignments left undone/not turned in. LOs will be spot-checked periodically.
- Periodic quizzes may be given that are based off of the LO problems, so students who regularly complete their LO assignments will be most prepared for success on these quizzes.
- Any LO quizzes given will count toward the student’s academic grade.
- Completion of LOs (as well as some of our class work) will be factored into the citizenship grade as it is critical in developing good habits of learning. Each trimester, five to seven missing assignments (zeroes for LO) garners an N for needs improvement. Eight or more missing assignments will result in a U for unsatisfactory. This policy assumes that day to day classroom deportment is also satisfactory.
- It is the expectation of the math department that students will be checking their nightly LOs with the answer key provided online. It is incumbent upon the student to seek assistance for any problems that are still unresolved after checking them. Possible avenues for assistance are the summaries at the end of each lesson, the family resources on the IM website, parental and peer help, Khan Academy, IXL, Study Island, and of course, the teacher!

## Reporting on Student Progress

Over the last few years, the math department has evolved our teaching practices with the intent to adopt more accurate and equitable grading practices for the purposes of creating a full picture of student learning. This year, we will continue working towards our strategic goal and implement practices of proficiency-based grading using the rubric outlined below for assessments. We will still be assigning A-F grades at the end of each trimester.

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*Meeting Expectations (ME)*-**You demonstrate mastery of this skill.**You show complete understanding of the concepts involved, can clearly show/explain your reasoning and have few or no errors. You are**able to work independently**and can teach it to others.*Approaching Proficiency in Expectations (AP)*- Y**ou demonstrate conceptual understanding**but make some errors. You may not show/explain your reasoning. You have an**understanding**of the content, and can work independently**most of the time**. You are almost there!*Partially Meeting Expectations (PM)*-**You demonstrate some conceptual understanding of the skill.**You show inconsistent reasoning, do not completely answer the question, make several errors or repeat the same error. It is recommended**you seek support from the teacher**.*Not Meeting Expectations (NE)*-**You demonstrate a lack of conceptual understanding.**You have inconsistent reasoning, make numerous mistakes, your work demonstrates little understanding of the concepts involved.**It is important that you seek additional support from the teacher.**

## Retaking End-of-Unit Assessments (“Show Me What You Know”)

- Mid/End-of-Unit Assessments will be referred to as “Show Me What You Know.”
- Exam questions will be broken down by standard tested. Students who receive an NE, PM, or AP may retake exam questions covering that standard.
- Students need only retake the questions they missed on the original exam. (They do not have to retake the entire exam.)
- In the event the original exam is lost by that student, then (s)he will need to retake the entire exam.
- Retakes are not offered on quizzes or mid-unit assessments,
- Before retaking an end-of-unit assessment, or a portion of it, a student must do the following:
- complete all the LO assignments for that unit and show them to their teacher at least two days before the scheduled retake
- fill out an end-of-unit assessment correction form
- attach the original exam paper to the correction form

- Retakes will be offered for the most recent end-of-unit assessment on a specific day decided by the teacher.
- The student's retake grade will replace their original end-of-unit assessment grade (by standard) if it is higher.

## Category Weighting

- LOs and Class work - All HW and class work assignments for a trimester will be worth 0% of a student’s academic math grade, however they count toward their citizenship grade as stated above.
- Quizzes, Mid-Unit-Assessments, End-of-Unit Assessments will comprise 80% of their final trimester grade.
- Projects will comprise 20% of their final trimester grade.

## Citizenship Grade

- During the last three school years, Del Mar Middle School has been moving to make our citizenship grade more than simply how a student behaves in class.
- "Habits of Learning” includes things like being on time and ready with all materials needed for learning.
- It includes whether LOs, class work, and projects are turned in - and whether or not they are done in a timely manner.
- It is meant to represent the components that go into our vision of a Reed Union Graduate.
- "Habits of Learning" is now a part of their citizenship grade.
- Students missing 0-4 assignments will receive an S (Satisfactory), unless, of course, there were other “behavioral” issues.
- Missing 5-7 assignments garners an N (Needs Improvement).
- Missing 8 or more assignments earns the student a U (Unsatisfactory).

## Absences

When students are absent, they will have the same number of days that they were absent to make up missed work or take any missed tests/quizzes. For example, if a student is absent for two days, they will have two days to complete any missed work.

## Pathways

It is district policy that all students take one of the math courses (listed below) with a classroom teacher each year. Engaging in mathematics with their peers in an environment led by a skilled teacher provides them with many opportunities to not only master the grade level content, but also to engage in the 8 Standards for Mathematical Practice. In addition, they are exposed to alternative methodologies and have opportunities to go deeper into the grade-level mathematics.

Seventh grade students have two pathways available to them:

Criteria for placement into the 7th-grade Pathway 2 (Math 7C) include consistent demonstration of excellent work, study habits, and the following minimum scores:

Eighth grade students have two pathways available to them:

Criteria for placement into the 8th-grade Pathway 2 (Algebra 1) include consistent demonstration of excellent work, study habits, and the following minimum scores:

In May of their 7th grade year, by the recommendation/initiation of the teacher ONLY, and by earning all appropriate math scores (as stated above) your child may still be able to enroll in 8A without having been in 7C. This is a VERY rare and special case. If your child was not in a compacted course in 7th grade, s/he will need to make up the skills and concepts covered in the 7C class on their own in order to be successful in the Pathway 2 class (Algebra 1). Interested students should notify their teacher that they would like to be considered for placement into Algebra 1 the following year. Their teacher will then provide them with the additional topics that the student will need to learn independently (and show proficiency in) prior to moving to Algebra 1. Students will enter Algebra 1 for a “probationary period” and MUST maintain an 85% grade or above in order to stay in this course. NO CHANGES WILL BE CONSIDERED after August 1st, and unless students earned passing marks on all four markers of the matrix and were recommended/referred by the teachers.

As students coming to us from around the country and even the world have been exposed to many different curricula, we ask that you embrace Del Mar’s high level of rigor. Those students wishing to be considered for placement in Pathway 2 for 7th or 8th-grade must have a record of receiving A's on their transcript from their previous school, and they must take and pass a placement test upon enrollment in the district.

Learn more about the high school pathways at the Tamalpais Union website.

**6th grade students are promoted to either Pathway 1 or Pathway 2 in 7th grade**Seventh grade students have two pathways available to them:

**In Pathway 1 (Math 7):**7th-grade students take 7th-grade math which prepares them to take 8th-grade math in 8th-grade. This pathway prepares them to take Algebra 1 as a high school freshman.**In Pathway 2 (Math 7C):**7th-grade students complete 7th-grade math and the first half of 8th-grade math. In 8th-grade they complete the rest of the 8th-grade content as well as the Algebra 1 course. This pathway prepares them to take Geometry as a high school freshman. If your child is accepted into Pathway 2, s/he can expect a rigorous, faster-paced math course with additional LOs each night. Students must maintain an 85% grade or above to stay in this course.

Criteria for placement into the 7th-grade Pathway 2 (Math 7C) include consistent demonstration of excellent work, study habits, and the following minimum scores:

- 84% or above on the UC Berkeley Pre-Algebra Readiness Test
- 7 or above on a 10-point performance task rubric
- 90% or above on a summative skills test
- 90% average grade on their 6th-grade assessment scores

**7th grade students continue on to either Pathway 1 (Math 8) or Pathway 2 (Algebra 1) in 8th grade**Eighth grade students have two pathways available to them:

**In Pathway 1 (Math 8 (P1/P2)):**8th-grade students take 8th-grade math which prepares them to take Algebra 1 as a high school freshman.**In Pathway 2 (Algebra 1):**8th-grade students complete the rest of the 8th-grade content that wasn't covered in Math 7C as well as the Algebra 1 course. This pathway prepares them to take Geometry as a high school freshman. If your child is accepted into Pathway 2, s/he can expect a rigorous, faster-paced math course with additional LOs each night. Students must maintain an 85% grade or above to stay in this course.

Criteria for placement into the 8th-grade Pathway 2 (Algebra 1) include consistent demonstration of excellent work, study habits, and the following minimum scores:

- 84% or above on the UC Berkeley Algebra Readiness Test
- 7 or above on a 10-point performance task rubric
- 90% or above on a summative skills test
- 90% average grade on their 7th-grade assessment scores

**Advancing from Math 7 to Algebra 1**In May of their 7th grade year, by the recommendation/initiation of the teacher ONLY, and by earning all appropriate math scores (as stated above) your child may still be able to enroll in 8A without having been in 7C. This is a VERY rare and special case. If your child was not in a compacted course in 7th grade, s/he will need to make up the skills and concepts covered in the 7C class on their own in order to be successful in the Pathway 2 class (Algebra 1). Interested students should notify their teacher that they would like to be considered for placement into Algebra 1 the following year. Their teacher will then provide them with the additional topics that the student will need to learn independently (and show proficiency in) prior to moving to Algebra 1. Students will enter Algebra 1 for a “probationary period” and MUST maintain an 85% grade or above in order to stay in this course. NO CHANGES WILL BE CONSIDERED after August 1st, and unless students earned passing marks on all four markers of the matrix and were recommended/referred by the teachers.

**New 7th and 8th Graders to the Reed District**As students coming to us from around the country and even the world have been exposed to many different curricula, we ask that you embrace Del Mar’s high level of rigor. Those students wishing to be considered for placement in Pathway 2 for 7th or 8th-grade must have a record of receiving A's on their transcript from their previous school, and they must take and pass a placement test upon enrollment in the district.

Learn more about the high school pathways at the Tamalpais Union website.