Are You Ready to Skip Common Core 6


Secondary Mathematics Specialist (6-12)
Tyler Baxter

Most students will begin Middle School math in Common Core (CC) 6

You will have the opportunity to decide between Common Core Grade Level Pacing vs. Compacted Pacing at the end of 6th grade. Additional acceleration opportunities are available in high school.

Video: Grade-Level vs. Compacted Pacing

Is my child ready for Common Core (CC) 7/8?

Consider whether your child can truly demonstrate sufficient mastery of new 6th grade Common Core math skills and concepts to indicate readiness to skip CC 6 and begin middle school in CC 7/8.

Selecting this option means that your child will both SKIP 6th grade math and choose COMPACTED PACING through middle school.

There is an online form available to help you determine the district recommendation for your student's placement.

Readiness Criteria

Families who wish to select this placement should consider whether their student meets the following Readiness Criteria:

  • A score of 80% or higher on the online Common Core 6 Math Mastery Assessment (see below)
  • 5th grade report card grade in math: 4
  • Consistently demonstrates Standards for Mathematical Practice.
  • This online form can help determine your students' recommended course based on Issaquah School District's CC 7/8 Readiness Criteria.

Mastery of 6th Grade Common Core Content Standards:

Some students may be able to demonstrate sufficient mastery of CC 6 skills and concepts to begin middle school in CC 7/8. A score of 80% is one piece of evidence that your student may be ready to accelerate in this way.

CLICK HERE to take the Common Core 6 Math Mastery Assessment

Standards for Mathematical Practice:

Common Core expects much more than just procedural skill and fluency. Students are expected to achieve deep conceptual understanding, to demonstrate critical thinking skills, to make connections, to persevere in problem-solving, to apply their learning to solving problems in real world contexts, to justify their reasoning, and to clearly communicate their math thinking. Read more about the Standards for Mathematical Practice at

Compacting Is Preferred To Skipping

The authors of the Common Core recommend against skipping content as a way to accelerate in math. Only students who have truly mastered the content of CC 6 should consider skipping a year of math.

Commitment to Compacted Pacing

Be aware that students who skip CC 6 will continue with Compacted Pacing and should be prepared for the increased rigor and vigorous pacing of this sequence. Students who will be most successful exhibit strong organizational skills, maturity, self-motivation, and affinity for mathematics.

The above are recommendations for you to consider when deciding placement for next year. Your student does not need to meet the recommendations to choose CC7/8, but following the recommendations is highly encouraged to ensure success.