More states are requiring Algebra II for students

04/4/2011 | Washington Post, The

Algebra II has become a graduation requirement in 20 states and Washington, D.C., in recent years as part of an effort to improve college readiness and workforce skills. Supporters point to a study showing that workers in top-tier jobs more likely were to have taken Algebra II in high school. However, some question whether motivated students perform well regardless of the requirement, and that making the course mandatory could discourage struggling students from staying in school.

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