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California lowers math standards for eighth-graders

Monday, February 4, 2013

California has thrown in the towel on a 15-year policy of expecting eighth-graders to take Algebra I. (Success in Algebra I is the single best predictor of college graduation.) The state will now allow students to take either Algebra I or a watered down math class that includes some algebra in the eighth grade, with new state standardized tests focusing on the alternate course. Mercury News writes about it.


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