California to mandate eighth-grade algebra

Within three years, every California eighth-grader will be tested in Algebra 1, for the first time giving teeth to a statewide curriculum that encourages giving the upper-level mathematics class in middle-school, the state education board voted Wednesday. State superintendent Jack O'Connell argued against the proposal, saying it will prevent more schools from making adequate yearly progress. About half of California eighth-graders currently take algebra.

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