POSTED: Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 8:55pm
UPDATED: Sunday, December 1, 2013 - 2:57pm
Texas (KETK) — 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.