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Georgia State School Board approves math changes

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  Georgia high school students who struggle with math are about to have new options to help them graduate.

Monday, the state board of education approved curriculum changes that include what's called discreet courses in Algebra, Geometry, Advanced Algebra, and Pre-Calculus. Critics complain that too many students are struggling with the new integrated approach adopted several years ago. Curriculum experts say the rigor of the math curriculum won't change, but students will now get credit for some of the support classes they take.

"We are excited that we will have the option for those struggling students next year who will be seniors and have been in four years of math classes but only have gotten credits through the math 2, we will be able to go back and count a couple of those support classes that will give them the maths they need," said Gail Melvin, Lee County Curriculum Director.

Students will be evaluated on an individual basis. Seventeen percent of Georgia's juniors have one math or no math credits and are in danger of not graduating. Students must receive four units of math in order to graduate.

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