Common Core Standards Push Out 8th Grade Algebra Requirement
California Aligns With Other States
Earlier this month, California’s Board of Education dropped its requirement that all eighth graders take algebra. In doing so, the state has become aligned with Common Core State Standards, the new curriculum being adopted across the country. The decision allows eighth graders to take Algebra I or an alternative course with some algebra; students will be allowed to take algebra when they are ready.
For more information read this online article from the San Jose Mercury News.
What The Critics Say
Critics claim the Common Core approach dilutes the math curriculum and will leave fewer 12th grade students ready to take calculus. California schools will adopt the Common Core State Standards in the 2013/14 school year; 45 other states have approved the adoption of the standards. The standards will have a major impact on English Language Arts instruction and the books and materials that K-12 students will read, to ensure all students are career- and college-ready:
“Standards also lay out a vision of what it means to be a
literate person in the twenty-first century. … Students who
meet the Standards habitually perform the critical reading
necessary to pick carefully through the staggering amount
of information available today in print and digitally…”
Given this new emphasis on critical reading, parents should anticipate that their children will be reading more non-fiction as a result of the Common Core.
Stay tuned for more Common Core State Standards updates as Brisbane and San Mateo Public libraries collaborate with local educators to provide resources on the new curriculum.
Paula Hess is a Brisbane Public Library Intern and parent of two students who are Common Core Standards curious.