From Education Week:
A 1997 Chicago policy requiring all high-school freshmen to enroll in algebra may have caused far more students to fail math without improving students’ math test scores or their likelihood of taking more advanced math courses, according to a study of 160,000 Chicago high-school students. "This policy that Chicago tried in 1997 seems to be sweeping the country now and not a lot of thought is being given to how it really affects schools," said lead researcher Elaine M. Allensworth.
My son is about to enter Eastern Middle School’s Humanities Magnet program, where we’ve just been informed that students will lose a full period in their schedule (one less elective, i.e., art, music, etc.) They are however, being slated to take Algebra1 in the 7th grade; geometry in the 8th. These are “magnet” courses and so are HS level, with an opportunity to earn HS credit.
Anyone else see something wrong here?