We are very excited to announce that Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill (SB) 359 into law today! This new law will help prevent math misplacement in school districts across the state, giving thousands of California’s youth a fair chance to succeed.
Under SB 359, districts will have until the beginning of the 2016-17 school year to develop and adopt a fair, objective and transparent mathematics placement policy for all students entering the 9th grade (if they have not already done so by this time).
SB 359 sets the stage for increased diversity in California’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce pipeline, which was a central goal of this legislation and which will allow all children statewide to participate in a stronger future workforce that is more representative of this great state.
Now that SB 359 has been signed into law, there is still important and critical work to be done to ensure all school districts, parents and students are aware of the legislation. School districts still require tools to successfully implement fair, objective and transparent mathematics placement policies and fulfill the requirements of the law.
We are so grateful for the tremendous amount of work done by the bill’s author, Senator Holly Mitchell and her staff. We are also appreciative of all of our other supporters, including the governor, state legislators and our partners in the tech, business, education and social equity communities. They all of which contributed to the passage of this bill.
While there is still work to be done to implement SB 359, its passage is a great victory for all students and for the future of a more diverse and prosperous California.