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February 2, 2014

Algebra II no longer required in Texas

MWISD superintendent Dr. Haterius says “good idea”

By CLINT FOSTER

Despite being the first in a long line of states to mandate that high school students take algebra II, the State of Texas is now changing its policy.

For better or worse, Texan students will no longer be required to take the elevated math course; a decision that has generated mixed opinions across the Lone Star State.

But Mineral Wells Superintendent Dr. Gail Haterius said Mineral Wells ISD minus algebra II equals success.

“I feel that the move by the State Board of Education to not have everyone take algebra II acts to preserve the rigor of  algebra II for students who are planning on higher academics, engineering, or a STEM field,” she said. “At Mineral Wells ISD, we will continue to offer algebra II and any student who desires to be in the course will be able to sign up and take it.

“Teachers and counselors will counsel students who are on a college preparatory track to take algebra II.”

Haterius is not alone in her support of the legislature’s recent move.

According to a report from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, many school districts are praising the decision saying fewer course mandates allow for flexibility and give students more time to focus on vocational training.

This concept is something that Haterius has supported for almost a decade.

“In 2006, I served on a panel of school superintendents at the Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce Luncheon,” she said. “We were asked about the recent legislative requirement that all students must pass Algebra II to obtain a high school diplomas in the State of Texas. At the time, there was great concern about American students not being competitive in the global economy and a push for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Science) fields.

“I was the superintendent of a small Region 10 school district at the time and knew what that new mandate would mean for my district.  I responded that I thought it was a knee-jerk reaction and, even though well-intended, not well thought out.

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