Eighth Grade Algebra Could Be Brought Back to San Francisco Schools
It’s been nearly a decade since San Francisco Unified implemented a controversial policy that prohibits students from taking algebra before the ninth grade. A Stanford University study found the policy failed to improve overall math proficiency or enrollment among students of color — even though greater equity was the policy’s biggest selling point.
With those disappointments in mind, plus a lawsuit over the issue filed against the district, SFUSD Superintendent Matt Wayne has signaled a possible course correction. In an exclusive interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, Wayne said the school board will reconsider its math sequencing.
The district is conducting an audit of math curriculum, placement policies and course sequencing to address students who want to move faster through math courses while also meeting the needs of those who are struggling.
“I have heard and the evidence supports the fact we are not accelerating as many students as we want and can and too many are not meeting standards,” Wayne said. “We have a lot of work to do in this area.”
The school board is expected to receive a progress report on the matter next Tuesday.