High school math classes may soon change statewide
RALEIGH, N.C.(WNCN/AP) – The way students in North Carolina learn math could soon be changing.
Legislation recommended Wednesday by a Senate committee would require North Carolina schools to offer traditional high-school-level mathematics classes alongside newer “integrated” classes that arrived with Common Core.
For years, most public school students had to take Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II to graduate from high school. But education leaders and the legislature decided to adopt the multistate Common Core standards, and in fall 2012 incoming freshmen instead took classes called Math 1, Math 2 and Math 3.
These efforts have been months in the making.
If the bill were to become law, districts would have to offer both math class sequences to students starting in the 2017-18 school year.
While many educators and business leaders have praised the new Common Core math for better preparing young people for future jobs, others have said it was needlessly complicated and frustrating,