Some experts question Calif. eighth-graders' readiness for algebra

Some members of the National Mathematics Advisory Panel, a group tasked by the White House with examining strategies for getting students ready to learn algebra, say California's plan to mandate eighth-grade algebra is unwise. "It's a shortsighted policy that confuses taking a course with learning," said panelist Tom Loveless, a Brookings Institution senior fellow. "The state has not been serious about preparing kids for algebra -- they're just throwing it on the schools. It's absolutely far-fetched."

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