As of this fall, more than 70% of the middle grades report using integrated
standards-based math programs. What I am wondering, and many of you are
probably are wondering "how have various schools handled the eighth grade
I say issue because all of the middle school standards-based programs
contain Algebra from the sixth grade on. By the end of the eighth grade
students will have gotten a good conceptual grounding in the big ideas in
algebra. BUT, as we all know, parents expectations come into play. Any
parent who has a child who they think is 'good' at math, or even children
who they hope will be among the 'good math students' want their kids in the
advanced group by eighth grade. Traditionally that badge is bestowed by a
eighth grade course called Algebra I. So the parents are looking for and in
some cases demanding to see an Algebra I class in the eighth grade. That
way they can be assured they child gets to Calculus by the twelfth grade,
the course title of which will go on their college application.
How has your school handling this?