The governor and the state schools chief want the Legislature hold off another three years before making passing the math part of the WASL a high school graduation requirement. (Here’s our news story and our editorial.)
What they propose to do in the meantime was outlined in testimony before the House Education Committee today. The highlights:
–Clarifying and prioritizing academic standards, and adjusting the WASL where appropriate.
–Identifying a limited menu of math curricula aligned with state standards and assessments.
–Increasing the math requirements in teacher preparation programs and improving math professional development for teachers in the field.
–Creating a public/private partnership to encourage parent involvement and public support for math learning.
–Temporarily changing the high school graduation requirement to allow students in the classes of 2008, 2009, and 2010 to graduate without passing the math WASL if they stay in rigorous math classes through their senior year.
–Adopting more rigorous course requirements and competencies for high school graduation.
–Gathering data to ensure accountability for improvement.
To read the entire plan, go here and look for links on the left panel.