Texas Board of Ed votes to drop algebra II mandate

Nov 22, 2013 by Will Weissert

The Texas Board of Education has given preliminary approval to dropping algebra II as a requirement for high school students.

Members voted Thursday not to make major changes to the curriculum overhaul approved by the Legislature this summer.

Set to take effect next school year, the new rules would require only choosing more academically focused coursework to take II.

Current standards already allow students earning a diploma on the minimum academic plan to graduate without algebra II. But critics fear the changes will allow more to do so.

Some experts argued that algebra II is a key indicator to success in college and beyond, and that not requiring it would water down academic standards.

The board votes again Friday and will give final approval in January.

Explore further: LA education board approves continuing iPad plan

5 /5 (1 vote)
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Math conundrums explained

Jan 31, 2013

How does the Google search ranking system work? Can mathematics explain the Bill Murray movie Groundhog Day? A new web series of 'The Algebra of Everything' will explore these questions and more.

LA education board approves continuing iPad plan

Nov 13, 2013

The nation's second-largest school district will move ahead with an ambitious $1 billion plan to provide iPads to all students after problems emerged when some of the first to get them used the tablets to tweet, text and ...

Recommended for you

World population likely to peak by 2070

Oct 23, 2014

World population will likely peak at around 9.4 billion around 2070 and then decline to around 9 billion by 2100, according to new population projections from IIASA researchers, published in a new book, World Population and ...

Bullying in schools is still prevalent, national report says

Oct 23, 2014

Despite a dramatic increase in public awareness and anti-bullying legislation nationwide, the prevalence of bullying is still one of the most pressing issues facing our nation's youth, according to a report by researchers ...

Study examines effects of credentialing, personalization

Oct 23, 2014

Chris Gamrat, a doctoral student in learning, design and technology, recently had his study—completed alongside Heather Zimmerman, associate professor of education; Jaclyn Dudek, a doctoral student studying learning, design ...

User comments : 0