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‘Algebra for none’ fails in San Francisco

“Algebra for none fails in San Francisco”, Joannejacobs, April 13, 2023:

“Frustrated by high failure rates in eighth-grade algebra, San Francisco Unified decided in 2015 to delay algebra till ninth grade and place low, average and high achievers in the same classes. The goal was to improve achievement for black and Hispanic students, preparing more for advanced math.

That didn’t happen, concludes a study by a team of Stanford professors. “Large ethnoracial gaps in advanced math course-taking . . . did not change.” Black students aren’t more likely to enroll in AP math; Hispanic enrollment increased by 1 percentage point. Overall, there was no change in the number of students receiving credit for advanced math classes, or the number taking math in 12th grade.

A proposed new California math framework encourages other districts to copy San Francisco’s math reforms, for which the district claimed success, writes Sarah Schwartz in Education Week….”

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