Algebra, geometry classes might return to public schools


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina schools could be required to offer traditional high-school level mathematics classes while continuing newer “integrated” classes that arrived with Common Core.

A Senate committee recommended legislation on Wednesday telling districts to give students the option of taking Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II to meet graduation requirements starting in the 2017-18 school year.

Since 2012, students have been taking classes called Math 1, Math 2 and Math 3, with each class mixing in different mathematical concepts. Those class standards were reaffirmed last week by the State Board of Education.

Sen. Jerry Tillman of Archdale helped craft the bill and says some students do better under the traditional subject-matter classes. Some committee members questioned whether the two pathways would cost districts more and place additional work upon teachers.

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