Over the past 10 -15 years, many states have mandated tough new requirements that ALL students (special education students as well as mainstreamed students) take and pass Algebra 1 (sometimes higher math courses, too) in order to graduate from high school.
While that may not sound very challenging for students who do well in math, these mandates have placed major hurdles before students who struggle with math in general — and algebra in particular.
New studies have been coming out on the impact of this so-called “Algebra-for-All” teaching push. I just found an interesting article on this topic at this site.
I’m now including a general link to this math news portal — in my blogroll — as it contains a wide range of articles for math educators. Its name on the blogroll is Math Education News. Feel free to check it out any time you drop by the blog — or any time at all.
And do feel free to share your comments on the current “Algebra-for-All” push. Do you find that it is working where you live and work? Or not working? Any suggestions on how to tinker with mandates to make them work? This is an important topic since algebra is the critical “gatekeeper” course to all higher math. And what’s more, major studies have found that success in algebra is one of the key predictors of matriculation into college.
So a lot is at stake when it comes to algebra. And a lot rides on how well we as a nation help children succeed in this course.
Share your thoughts; we’re all curious to hear what you think.
- States considering Algebra II as part of graduation requirements (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Algebra II Predicts Future Success (motherhover.wordpress.com)