Addressing Math (Mis)Placement: What Boards Can Do

This session provides an overview of current research about the impact of math placement on students’ educational outcomes and highlights the importance of adopting fair and transparent math placement policies. Participants will hear from a panel of school and county board of education members and administrators about their experiences adopting, promoting and monitoring practices that lead to more equitable policies and effective implementation. In an interactive portion of the session, participants will consider relevant scenarios. Governance team members and other education leaders will gain meaningful and practical resources and tools in order to improve student opportunities and outcomes through the adoption or improvement of math placement policies in their district or county. Participants will also benefit from several examples of policies and initiatives adopted by other California school districts.


Mary Briggs, Education Policy Analyst, and Tezeta Stewartz, Senior Policy Manual Consultant, CSBA; Valerie Cuevas, Senior Program Officer for Education, Silicon Valley Community Foundation; Rebecca Vyduna, Director, STEM Center, Kim Bambao, Mathematics Coordinator, San Mateo County Office of Education, Jim Ryan, STEM Executive Director, San Francisco Unified School District and Neal Finkelstein, Co-Director, Innovation Studies, WestEd