Bronx students to face new math standards in high school

Bronx high school students will soon face tougher but clearer math standards.

The decision comes after the New York State Board of Regents discovered that two thirds of students failed the Math Regents Exam two years ago. The board feels that it is the result of how math is being taught in high school.

The new math program will consists of three one-year courses. Freshmen will be taught Algebra and sophomores will be taught Geometry. Juniors will have Algebra-2 and Trigonometry, and seniors will be encouraged to learn Pre-calculus, but can opt for another form of math.

The board?s Math Standards Committee, which is made up of teachers, college professors and professionals in the math field, developed and recommended the changes. The new math program is slated to begin in fall of 2006.

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