Texas Board of Education Votes Again to Drop Algebra II Mandate
New high school graduation requirements began taking shape in Texas on Thursday, as the Board of Education approved a curriculum that frees many students from having to take algebra II but provides alternative math courses designed to cover much of the same material.
The move came despite many of the board’s 15 members bristling at having to scrap the state’s algebra II mandate, which was a key — and hotly debated — component of a sweeping education law overwhelmingly approved by the Legislature in May.
That legislation, which is poised to transform classrooms for the state’s 5 million-plus public school students, also cut the number of standardized tests from 15 to five that high school students must pass. The overhaul was designed to give students more flexibility to focus on career and vocational training that can prepare them for high-paying jobs that don’t necessarily require a college degree.