Fla. school district rearranges math-course sequence

Instead of following the traditional sequence of algebra I, geometry and algebra II, high-school students in Florida's Orange County schools beginning in August will take algebra II after algebra I, and take geometry after completing both algebra courses. Supporters of the plan say it will help students who struggled with the algebra I end-of-course exam, because algebra II starts with a solid review of algebra I. However, while similar plans are in place in some schools nationwide, it is more common that geometry is taken between the two algebra courses, said Michael Shaughnessy, the immediate past president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

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