By John Fensterwald | EdSource | http://bit.ly/1NnTqM5
December 14, 2015 | Add this to California school boards’ to-do lists for 2016: Create a clear-cut, objective policy for determining which incoming 9th-grade students qualify to accelerate their sequence of math courses in high school. Districts must have the criteria in place by the start of the next school year under a state law that goes into effect on Jan. 1.
- Compacting three years of math into two years, without skipping standards, in 9th through 11th grades, so students take Precalculus in 11th grade, and Calculus in 12th grade.– Compacting four years of math into three years, leading to Calculus in the 12th grade.
- Having students double up by enrolling in Geometry during the same year as Algebra I or Algebra II;
- Offering summer courses that are designed to provide the equivalent experience of a full course in all regards.