Struggles with algebra raise questions about math requirements

12/2/2012 | San Francisco Chronicle

California students who fail algebra and take it again usually do not find success the second time, according to a recent report by the Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning at WestEd. Researchers looked at student data from 24 school districts in the state and concluded that "when students take Algebra I is less important than whether students are ready to take it." The findings call on teachers to re-examine how they teach the subject and when students must take algebra.

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