Just in time for Governor Perry's Economic Development Trip, we get news that California has given up trying to teach its eighth graders algebra:
will no longer require eighth-graders to take algebra — a move that is line with the Common Core standards being adopted by most states, but that may leave students unprepared for college.Texas, meanwhile, rejected Common Core years ago and, just yesterday, kicked the ass of the folks trying to implement common core via Stealth.
Last month, California formally shifted to the Common Core mathematics standards, which recommend that students delay taking algebra if they aren’t ready for it. Previously, algebra class was a requirement for all eighth-graders in the state.
The Common Core State Standards Initiative, which is sponsored by the National Governor’s Association, is an effort to unify diverse state education curricula. Forty-five other states and the District of have signed on so far.