"Findings From the 8th Grade Round of the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 1998-99"
Some 39 percent of students take algebra or a more advanced mathematics course in 8th grade, a new federal brief says.
Released this month by the National Center for Education Statistics, the brief draws on federal data tracking a large cohort of students from the time students entered 1st grade in 1999 through the 2006-07 school year, when they were in 8th grade. Predictably, the study showed that a majority of the students who scored high on math tests in 5th grade went on to take algebra or a higher math course in 8th grade. But there were disparities: While 62 percent of all the high-achieving 5th graders later took algebra, only 35 percent of high-scoring African-American 5th graders did so.
Vol. 30, Issue 07, Page 5
Get more stories and free e-newsletters!
- Executive Director
- Aspen Academy, Savage, MN
- Modern & Classical Languages Department Chair
- New Trier Township High School District 203, Winnetka, IL
- Dean of Students
- Diman Regional Vocational-Technical High School, Fall River, MA
- Glenbrook North High School, Glenview, IL
- Superintendent of Schools
- Fremont County School District #14, Ethete, WY