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The Senator Reports July 17th, 2008

Imposing Impossible, Impractical Standards on California's 8th Graders
By Senator Mark Wyland (R-Carlsbad)

The state Board of Education recently decided to impose unrealistic algebra requirements on California's 8th graders. This hasty decision will have huge fiscal implications, increase the dropout rate, and will not result in a more capable workforce.

Requiring Algebra for all 8th grade students does not make them capable of completing and mastering the subject. It simply creates incentive for students who have checked out of school to drop-out even earlier to avoid facing inevitable failure. Currently, less than half of students take Algebra in the 8th grade, and less than one-quarter of those students are labeled proficient.

For most students, passing algebra will not be key in guiding them toward successful careers. The millions more students now required to take this test will feel defeated and hopeless because they cannot reach impossible goals set by Sacramento bureaucrats who don't understand what the workforce really needs.

Senator Mark Wyland Senator Mark Wyland represents the people of the 38th Senate District, which includes cities in north San Diego County and the south Orange County cities of San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano.

If you would like to get a message to Senator Mark Wyland, contact his San Diego County District office at:

Senator Mark Wyland
1910 Palomar Point Way, Suite 105
Carlsbad, California 92008
760.931.2455 Office







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