7/13/2011

More of California's eighth-grade students are taking algebra, but data indicate that one-third of seventh-graders are not prepared for the course. The push for earlier algebra lessons primarily has been among disadvantaged schools, while wealthier schools require students to prove they are ready to enroll. A study this year suggested that algebra courses benefit students who are ready for the material but leaves unprepared students "with almost no chance for success."

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