Fight Over Algebra II Moves From Texas Capitol to SBOE
Efforts to require most Texas high school students to take Algebra II suffered a blow Wednesday when House Public Education Committee Chairman Jimmie Don Aycock reminded the State Board of Education that the Legislature was against the idea.
Board members this week are considering new high school graduation requirements under a sweeping testing and curriculum law approved by lawmakers earlier this year. One proposal before the board would require all students except for those on the minimum graduation plan to take Algebra II.
“I strongly encourage the board to adopt rules to reflect the intent of the Legislature which was not to require Algebra II for every endorsement (graduation path),” Aycock said in a letter to board Chairwoman Barbara Cargill. “The bill requires four math credits to earn an endorsement, but only specifies two courses (Algebra I and geometry). If the Legislature wanted to prescribe Algebra II for all endorsements, then I would have included that in the legislation.”