Spotlight on Algebra

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On Algebra

The Education Week Spotlight on Algebra is a collection of articles hand-picked by our editors for their insights on:

  • Strategies to help students struggling in algebra
  • Research on mandating algebra in 9th grade
  • How teachers introduce algebra concepts in the early grades
  • Interest in creating common algebra assessments across states
  • Computer-aided instruction in prealgebra and algebra

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In Perspective
Catching Up on Algebra
The push to ensure that all students, not just the academically gifted, take introductory algebra and do so earlier has gained widespread acceptance in U.S. schools over the quarter-century since A Nation at Risk advocated strengthening graduation requirements in math.
April 23, 2008 – Education Week

Even so, the test's sponsors see the venture as evidence that states are willing to pull together to establish common assessments.
October 7, 2009 | Updated: February 21, 2019 – Education Week

Researchers say mandating the subject in 9th grade has not boosted test scores or the number of students pursuing more-advanced math.
March 11, 2009 – Education Week

A study found one program improved learning in algebra, partly because the technology enabled teachers to tailor instruction to students.
March 10, 2009 – Education Week

As state and school leaders across the country push for more students to take algebra in 8th grade, a new study argues that struggling students are being enrolled in that course despite being woefully unprepared.
September 24, 2008 – Education Week

Many educators and administrators, as well as some members of a national advisory group, wonder how the state will succeed in mandating that 8th graders be tested in Algebra 1, given students’ persistent struggles in that subject and the potential demand it will generate for more math teachers.
July 30, 2008 – Education Week

In Perspective
Kiddie Algebra
Teachers are introducing algebra concepts to pupils in the early grades by tapping their intuitive math skills.
February 11, 2009 – Education Week

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