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Doubling down on algebra

New legislation lets students earn double credit for taking Algebra 1 twice.

By LuAnne Schendel May 2019

A recently-passed education bill contains a provision that changes math graduation requirements. Currently, high school students must have 4 credits in math to graduate, with one of the credits being for Algebra 1. The new legislation would allow students to earn two math credits by completing two full-year courses of Algebra 1 so that students can have an additional year to master the fundamentals.

It is not clear how the state university system will react to this change.

For more information, see “Not many people noticed, but lawmakers just changed Florida’s graduation requirements in math – for better or worse” by Diane Rado in the Florida Phoenix.

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