Raising Expectations for Mathematics Instruction in California: Algebra and Beyond


This policy and practice brief sponsored by the California Collaborative on District Reform discusses ways that districts can ensure success for all students in Algebra. The author examines the discrepancies in district data about student enrollment and completion of Algebra I classes and includes seven recommendations for the state of California: 1) eighth grade enrollment in Algebra as a district-level decision; 2) re-examine state standards and textbooks; 3) provide additional diagnostic data on student performance; 4) ensure teaching credentialing requirements include algebraic concepts in early grades; 5) use alternative strategies statewide to increase the number of qualified mathematics teachers; 6) determine how accountability programs in state can support students’ success in mathematics in the secondary level and; 7) allocate resources to support English Language Learners in Algebra.

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