Common Core State Standards Make Math Course Sequences Even More Important
As Finkelstein explained in his presentation, studies show that the order in which students take math courses matters.
- Students who do well in Algebra 1 in 8th grade move through higher-level math classes more easily.
- Students who take Algebra 1 later than 8th grade have less opportunity for additional, higher-level math classes.
- Students who repeat Algebra 1 seldom become proficient in Algebra.
Now, Common Core Standards are making Algebra 1 even more rigorous. The new standards place more emphasis on mathematics in elementary school to ensure that more students are ready to succeed in Algebra 1 in 8th grade.
Finkelstein is a Senior Research Scientist at WestEd.