Mountain View Achievement
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Equity in Education
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Mountain View Achievement is a group of concerned parents, teachers and community volunteers who believe that all children should have opportunities to achieve academic success.  We are dedicated to improving academic achievement, and we invite every member of the community to join us.
Compare Math SAT-9 Percentiles  

Children from the Mountain View K-8 School District and the Los Altos K-8 School District attend high school together.  Math percentiles on the SAT-9 for children attending the Mountain View K-8 School are much lower than those of children attending the Los Altos K-8 School District.  We do not agree with those who believe that these differences are the result of "demographics."


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These graphs compare 6th, 7th and 8th grade math S.A.T.-9 percentiles for 1998, 1999 and 2000.


Our First Task            

Incoming ninth graders to the Mountain View-Los Altos High School District deserve equal educational opportunities from their respective K-8 districts. Ninth graders who come from the Mountain View K-8 District place far below their peers from Los Altos K-8 District in ninth grade math placement.  To correct this inequity, we must bring Mountain View K-8 School District's math program up to California Math Content Standards, follow the Frameworks, use textbook series that align to the Standards, give learning opportunities to Mountain View children who have mastered grade level work, offer remedial programs, and provide teacher training and support.  Los Altos K-8 District follows the Standards and provides such programs.  Right now, Mountain View K-8 District does not teach children to the same high Standards, and it does not have equivalent programs for high ability children. Help us to change this.

Comparison of Los Altos and Mountain View Math K-8 Programs

 Math Program Points
Los Altos
Mtn. View
Meets or exceeds rigorous California Math Content Standards
Yes
No
Uses a district-wide practice and assessment tool like MathCoach
Yes
No
Previously used a K-5 program with solid mathematical content and problem solving, including daily practice and testing of abilities
Yes
Mathematics Unlimited (Holt)
No

MathLand
Has piloted and now uses a math series that meets or exceeds the California Math Content Standards (and which is approved and funded by California)
Yes
SRA Explorations
No

Children at grade school who have mastered material have opportunity to accelerate
Yes
No
Accelerated and challenging Algebra for 7th and 8th graders
Yes
Foerster's
Algebra 1
No
comparable program
Seventh graders average S.A.T.-9 math scores (2000)
93rd percentile
57th percentile



HIGH SCHOOL EXIT EXAM
It is essential to have a math program that meets the state standards at each grade level because the new high school exit exam is based on California's statewide academic standards.  The high school exit exam will be given for the first time in the spring of 2001.  Mountain View children deserve the opportunity to prepare for this exam and to master subject matter on a grade by grade basis at the same time as their peers throughout the state.  
                                        
STAR TESTING PROGRAM
Within the next two years, California's achievement testing program, called STAR (Standardized Testing and Reporting) Program, will align with the State Math Content Standards on a grade by grade basis, beginning in the second grade.  The state will begin evaluating children at each grade level on their mastery of subject matter that aligns directly with the California Math Content Standards and Frameworks.   

TEXTBOOK MONIES
Monies for textbooks and supplementary materials that meet the State Math Standards and Frameworks are available to the Mountain View school district through Schiff-Bustamonte funds, which are given in proportion to student population.  Before the current school year is out, the district should pilot and choose new textbook series that align with the standards.  Our children, their families and their teachers deserve them.

TEACHER TRAINING
Teacher training funds are available for training that will coach the teachers who teach to the standards.  Some of the legislation was introduced by State Assembly representative Alguist and co-authored by State Senator Vasconcellos.  (See A.B. 1331)

However, on September 18, 2000, the Mountain View K-8 School Board acted in disregard of this state scheme. The Mountain View K-8 School Board voted to reject the rigorous and internationally acclaimed California Math Content Standards and Frameworks.  The district has not used any state textbook funds (Schiff-Bustamonte funds) to bring the math curriculum up to state standards.  In fact, the district is still using Connected Math (for sixth and seventh graders) which was specifically rejected by the State Board of Education because it is below state standards, and MathLand (for kindergarten through fifth graders) that was not submitted for approval to the state.  Help us work to improve Mountain View's math program.                                
                                                     
Since Mountain View K-8 District children attend high school with their peers from Los Altos K-8 District, it is essential that they begin the ninth grade together having had equivalent preparation.  While we look to Los Altos K-8 because the two districts feed to the same high school, note that other districts besides Los Altos have raised their math programs to align with the State Math Content Standards. Check out Whisman, Los Gatos, Saratoga, Santa Clara, Loma Prieta, Sunnyvale and Cupertino.  

Join Us
We have been pleading for change and pointing out the deficiencies in the Mountain View K-8 District math program.  Please join us, and together we can improve Mountain View's programs and offer our children the best that education has to offer.

Follow our site and read the following sections

     Perspective Mathematics, especially Algebra, has been called the gatekeeper because high S.A.T. math scores are required for college entrance regardless of college major or course of study.  
     Community  End the educational "haves" and "have nots" situation at the high school district.   
     Immediate Goals   Change Mountain View K-8 School District's math program so that it follows the California Math Content Standards and Frameworks, and so it uses state approved textbook series that align with the rigorous and internationally acclaimed Standards.  Begin educational opportunities for children who have mastered grade level work.
     Test Scores  Math SAT-9 test scores foreshadow admittance to prestigious programs and universities, as well as awards of grants and scholarships.  Our children's low scores reflect the Mountain View math program and not our children's innate abilities.
     Standards   Our children deserve a program tied to California's rigorous and challenging Math Content Standards.
     Textbooks  Mountain View K-8 School District uses two widely discredited math programs----Mathland and Connected Math----which do not adequately prepare children for Algebra 1 in the eighth grade and which are not aligned with the California Math Content Standards.  Connected Math has been disapproved by the state, and MathLand did not submit to be an approved program.  We need math programs with solid mathematical content and problem solving, including daily practice.  The state provides monies for textbook series that align with the Standards, we have not used them district-wide, and we should.
     Comparison of Los Altos and Mountain View K-8 School District Math Programs   Peruse the chart, and ask yourself why Mountain View children don't deserve at least the same opportunities as Los Altos children.
     Racial Implications  Although ALL Mountain View children have been impacted, ninth grade math placement shows that minority children have been the especially hard hit by Mountain View K-8 District's policies.  A national task force report advises schools to raise standards for minority children, which is exactly what California's Math Content Standards do.  
     Other Schools Succeed  We do not accept  that "demographics" is the reason for the disparity in test scores between Mountain View and Los Altos K-8 Districts.  Check out schools with very low "demographics" that outperform Mountain View K-8 schools.   
     Resources  Do your own research or read more articles.  Find out what the Mountain View Voice has been printing about this issue.
     Who We Are  We need you.  We need to change the minds of Mountain View administrators and/or school board members.  Please help us.
     Contact Us Communicate with Mountain View Achievement.