Why must Florida students pass Algebra II?
Because they need it to be successful after high school and because it really does matter in the "real world," says ENLACE Florida, which pushes college readiness for underrepresented students, in this new report.
Florida students entering ninth grade in 2012 will have to pass Algebra II (and a few other specified courses) to graduate, thanks to SB 4, which Gov. Charlie Crist signed into law last week. Although there's been some hand-wringing about the effect the new requirements may have on graduation rates, ENLACE Florida says Algebra II will give students the ...
* Critical thinking skills that enhance further study. In addition, this gives the student the confidence needed to engage in a challenging career that requires some level of clear thinking and methodical problem-solving
* Ability to analyze and weigh situations in order to make better decisions based on the analysis
* Symbolic manipulation skills necessary for considering further exploration that could lead to careers in science/technology, business, social sciences and education. In particular, students who complete Algebra II are more likely to take other courses in science to include physics, chemistry (as opposed to a general science course).
* General intellectual maturity that enhances students’ readiness for college-level study without remediation. Such students are more likely to score well on standardized tests because students who score well on the math portion of these tests do score well overall.”