SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is abandoning an algebra requirement for eighth graders, a move already adopted by most states.
The San Jose Mercury News (http://bit.ly/14LUt2r ) says the State Board of Education decided last month to shift away from a 15-year policy of expecting eighth-graders to take Algebra I.
Students will be allowed to take Algebra I or an alternate course that includes some algebra.
New state standardized tests will focus on the alternate course.
Most states have already adopted what is called the Common Core curriculum.
Information from: San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, http://www.mercurynews.com