Texas Board of Ed votes to drop algebra II mandateNovember 22, 2013 by Will Weissert in Other Sciences / Social Sciences
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.
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.
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