Fla. district's curriculum changes raise concerns

08/11/2013 | WFTV-TV (Orlando, Fla.)

School officials in the Orange County School District in Florida are altering the district's math sequence so students can take algebra I, algebra II and then geometry, instead of taking geometry between algebra courses. The move is part of an effort to help reinforce algebra I concepts for the 40% of students who fail the end-of-course exam. Yet, some parents say the change could affect student performance on the PSAT test and in precalculus. Still, "With the EOC being such high stakes, it really made sense to back those two courses up, so if a student fails Algebra 1, they can be remediated in Algebra 2," Chief Academic Officer Scott Fritz said.

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