Algebra II Requirement

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High school math might get a little tougher

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin and Vermont Education Commissioner Armando Vilaseca are proposing stiffer high-school graduation requirements that could make passing algebra II a requirement for a diploma starting with the Class of 2017. They also are proposing to mandate algebra I for ninth graders and geometry for 10th graders starting this fall, the idea being that completing core math courses early in high school would allow students to get through higher-level math such as calculus by senior year. The Vermont State Board of Education is expected to consider the proposals this month.

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