TX Board of Education votes Algebra 2 no longer graduation requirement

TX Board of Education votes Algebra 2 no longer graduation requirement
The School Yard

POSTED: Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 8:55pm

UPDATED: Sunday, December 1, 2013 - 2:57pm

According to NBC5, the Texas Board of Education gave their preliminary approval, Thursday, to dropping algebra II as a requirement for high school graduation.

Doing away with the course comes after a change to graduation requirements, standardized testing and various curriculum changes which were voted on in May. NBCDFW reports the shake-up was meant to give students the flexibility to focus on career and vocational training -- not just college prep courses.

Although academics argued the course is a key subject high school students need to be familiar with, critics believe many high-paying jobs are available without a college degree or upper-level mathematics.

Algebra II will now only be required for students who want to graduate high school with a distinguished course route that allows them to be qualified to attend any Texas public university or those whose course plans focused on "STEM" courses.

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So much for education in the unted states, It is real easy to see why so many other countries speak four languages. The american education system is going to continue to fail to be number one. I am starting to think home schooling and private schools are the only option for a good education. Public schools in Texas are spending out of control on sports and putting a good education on the back burner. ISD is a total failure to the tax payers.

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