RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina high school students and their parents unhappy with the latest edition of the “new math” could get the old course options again thanks to legislation waiting for debate by the full Senate.
The Senate scheduled floor votes Wednesday on a measure that would direct school districts to offer both traditional math courses like algebra and geometry alongside the newer “integrated” classes developed under Common Core standards.
Bill supporters are responding to complaints about the new courses called Math 1, Math 2 and Math 3, each of which cover skills from multiple subjects. The two-pronged approach would have to begin in the 2017-18 school year.
Critics point out the integrated classes were developed by educators and re-affirmed by the State Board of Education earlier this month.