NATIONAL ALLIANCE OF STATE SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS COALITIONS
News Brief #3353 Category: Assessment & Accountability
TITLE: "Middle Schools in Md. Find Advanced Math Is Right Formula"
By opening up higher math classes to a broader crosssection of students,
Maryland middle schools have dramatically increased participation.
More than onethird of all Maryland middleschool students now take at least
one high school math course before entering the 9th grade.
Expanded access to these courses has created opportunities for students with
weaker academic abilities, and most of them have risen to the challenge.
Ninety percent of the middle school students who took the state's High School
Assessment in algebra last spring passed.
In the Anne Arundel County schools, Superintendent Eric Smith got rid of a
rule restricting high school math classes in middle school to students who
scored in at least the 90th percentile on a math aptitude test. Three times as many
students are now eligible to take Algebra I.
Educators say students' increased participation is driven by a growing
recognition that algebra is a must for more advanced math and science, and the
introduction of algebraic concepts in elementary school.
"Each generation is becoming more and more ready for higherlevel thought
when they arrive at the middle school level," said Lois Roney, a math specialist
at New Market Middle School in Frederick County.
SOURCE: Washington Post, 21 November 2005 (p. B01)
WEBSITE:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wpdyn/content/article/2005/11/20/AR2005112001070.html

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