A few years ago our math department created a new math class, sort of an "Algebra 1.5". In the traditional Algebra 1-Geometry-Algebra 2 track, too many students just weren't ready after a 10-day intensive review of Algebra 1. We created a "bridge" course just for them.
Our current principal doesn't like the course. He doesn't think kids need it. As a result, the course isn't scheduled for next year. So instead of meeting the students where they are and offering a course than can help them progress, they'll now either sink or swim.
I provided much background information in the introduction to this post a couple weeks ago.
I received the data today. Analysis begins next week!
Why next week, you ask? Well, for reasons I won't go into in this post, our seniors graduate Monday, but our underclassmen attend school until the first week of June. My statistics classes will be empty except for 2 juniors. I'm going to give them the data and have them do a chi-square analysis to see if that Algebra 1.5 course adequately prepared students for Algebra 2.
You want real-world application? I gotcher real-world application right here!
It may turn out that our principal is right. I don't know what he's basing his opinion on, but it's not data. I intend to find out.