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ERIC Number: EJ819161
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov-19
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Senior Year Inviting More Math Choices
Cavanagh, Sean
Education Week, v28 n13 p1, 11 Nov 2008
When students at Prescott High School sign up to take math as seniors, not all of them will be wading into precalculus or calculus, with in-depth explorations of derivatives and trigonometric functions. Some will instead end up using mathematics to study the Electoral College, or the security of Internet passwords, or how delivery companies ship packages to different locations on time. The northern Arizona high school is one of many that have created alternative math courses for 12th graders who are not interested in taking precalculus or calculus, or not academically ready for those classes. Across the country, interest in introducing new senior-year math options is rising as more states require four years of the subject for graduation and schools explore alternatives for both struggling and high-achieving students. The most popular emerging courses include statistics and discrete math--both of which are offered at Prescott High School--as well as classes in quantitative reasoning, math modeling, and math in business and finance.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 12; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Arizona