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ERIC Number: EJ804881
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul-30
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Experts Question California's Algebra Edict
Cavanagh, Sean
Education Week, v27 n44 p1, 13 Jul 2008
Business leaders from important sectors of the American economy have been urging schools to set higher standards in math and science--and California officials, in mandating that 8th graders be tested in introductory algebra, have responded with one of the highest such standards in the land. Still, many California educators and school administrators are questioning how their state will meet the new requirement, given students' persistent struggles in that subject and the potential demand it will generate for more math teachers and classroom resources. However, supporters of the new policy, approved by an 8-1 vote by the California board of education earlier this month, say it will bring more equity to math instruction by giving all students access to Algebra 1. About half of California's 8th graders take that course now. Completing Algebra 1 is essential to moving on to more challenging math, which in turn increases students' odds of prospering in college and the workforce, they say. The controversy in California underscores the contrasting views of business advocates, who see tougher math and science standards as crucial to the United States' international competitiveness, and educators and others who say some of those goals are unrealistic and ignore the complexity of working with students who need more help.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 8
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001