Calif. abandons algebra requirement for 8th graders; Move already adopted by most states

Students have choice to take alternate course

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California is abandoning an algebra requirement for eighth graders, a move already adopted by most states.

The San Jose Mercury News 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.

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