New Jersey students who’ve passed algebra, geometry and even advanced algebra are flunking the graduation exam’s math test, which requires a 50% on middle-school questions, writes Derrell Bradford of E3 (Excellent Education for Everyone) on NJVoices guest blog...
New Jersey has suburban schools for affluent whites in which classes teach what they claim to teach, Bradford writes. And it has urban schools where “algebra” or “geometry” is just a name.
Letting a kid believe he's taking Algebra 2, and then watching him flunk the exit exam, is not doing anything for his self-esteem. So stop lying to these kids about their capabilities.
But it gets worse.
In a recent Praxis test, “42 percent of prospective New Jersey teachers — and two-thirds of minority applicants — failed the math portion of the certification exam,” Bradford writes.
How sad is that?