In Texas, Nixing Algebra II Not Out of the Equation

As Texas re-examines what students should learn in order to earn a high school diploma, no part of the state’s curriculum has attracted more attention than a single advanced math course.

In response to calls from educators and employers for graduation standards that allow more opportunities for career-training courses, the state Legislature is considering more flexible diploma requirements that do not include algebra II as a core credit for all students.

The push comes as some policy experts are also challenging the role of the course in preparing students for college and career. But it has raised alarm from ...

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