Updated: Jul 16, 2019
When should your child take Algebra? Is 8th grade the best time, so that you can jump ahead and take those higher-level math classes in high school? Absolutely not, says the San Francisco School District. Recently, the SFUSD (San Francisco Unified School District) removed Algebra 1 from its 8th grade course list and reserved this class for high school. This gave students three years of a solid math foundation before taking Algebra 1. The failure rate-- students who could not pass Algebra-- went form 40% to 8% in one year. Read that again-- forty percent to eight percent. The passing rate increased from 60% to 92%! These students will be much more prepared for the SAT and ACT tests later, they will feel more confident in their math abilities, and parents, you will save money by avoiding having to hire expensive tutors. This is a win for everyone.