Report Roundup


"Findings From the 8th Grade Round of the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 1998-99"

Article Tools
  • PrintPrinter-Friendly
  • EmailEmail Article
  • ReprintReprints
  • CommentsComments

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

Published in Print: October 13, 2010, as Algebra
Related Stories
Notice: We recently upgraded our comments. (Learn more here.) If you are logged in as a subscriber or registered user and already have a Display Name on, you can post comments. If you do not already have a Display Name, please create one here.
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Back to Top Back to Top

Most Popular Stories