Monday, August 27, 2007

Educators tackle a math problem

Educators tackle a math problem

Thousands of college students in Washington don't understand simple algebra and must take classes to learn what they should have mastered in high school.

Nearly half of the high school graduates who enrolled in a state community or technical college immediately after 12th grade had to take precollege courses such as Algebra I before they could enroll in classes needed to earn a degree, according to statewide statistics from the 2005-06 academic year, the most recent for which full data are available.

Those students have to spend more time and money earning their degrees to learn what they could have learned in high school.

It's a problem that educators around the state are trying to tackle as dismal numbers show how unprepared students are when it comes to solving basic algebraic equations.
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Instead, the taxpayers are footing the bill for inadequate math preparation in the highschools, and then the students have to later pay for a real education.

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