Starting with 9th graders entering high school in 2013-2014 will be under a new graduation requirement. If you remember, not long ago the requirements changed. The previous Governor and State School Superintendent changed the graduation requirements with math being the most significant change. No longer did students take hands on courses such as Applied Algebra. Instead students took Math 1, Math 2, Math 3, and Math 4. The new Governor and State School Superintendent took office and they are making changes but I will say that they are changes for the good.
The current Governor and State School Superintendent have already changed the math away from the integrated approach starting with this years 9th grade. I really believe math will go back to the way it use to be. All students will take Coordinate Algebra and Coordinate Geometry but then a divide will occur. Some students will continue along that path but others will take some math courses related to their chosen career cluster. All of this is speculation and my opinion after hearing Dr. Barge and some Department of Education folks speak at the GAEL conference.
I have been named to a focus group by the Department of Education that will be providing feedback on the new graduation rule. I am sure I will get more information throughout the school year as our group meets.