Texas' Algebra II debate could shape school policy

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Associated Press

Posted on March 16, 2013 at 1:32 PM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Call it much ado about Algebra II.

The math class of exponents and imaginary numbers — and a potential predictor of a student's success in college and in life — has become a key point of contention in the Texas Legislature.

Lawmakers are grappling with overhauling high school graduation requirements statewide. And several bills backed by industry groups would tweak graduation rules to give students more options in career training and vocational skills.

But that could mean no longer requiring Algebra II for all students. Opponents say will ultimately produce future Texans who are less prepared for the workforce of the future — not more so.

Current law requires high school students to not only take Algebra II but also undergo standardized testing on it.

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