Pinellas ramps up Algebra I
The Pinellas County School District more than doubled its eighth-grade Algebra I enrollment this year, and more than tripled the number of black and low-income eighth graders in that course, according to district figures.
Superintendent Julie Janssen and the curriculum and instruction team decided to make Algebra I the standard eighth grade curriculum about a year ago, said Associate Superintendent Bill Lawrence, who noted the rising stats at last week's COQEBS meeting.
Raising rigor for middle school students was part of the rationale, he said. So were new graduation requirements that will make Algebra II a must-pass for Florida students entering ninth grade in 2012.
The district numbers include a school-by-school breakdown (go to page 8 here) and some of the jumps are huge: Bay Point Middle went from 58 black students to 271 taking Algebra I; Hopkins went from 58 to 174; Dunedin Highland went from 24 to 87.
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