Math for all Seniors
"On the ACT in 2009, Utah students, on average, didn't score well enough to be considered ready for college-level math classes, according to a steering committee report," wrote the Salt Lake Tribune.
Math may not be every one's favorite subject, nor may it be applicable for all college majors or professions, but I say it's a subject worth studying. The Utah Board of Education agrees. Since statistics such as the one above have been released, showing Utah's falling math standards amongst high school students, a State Office of Education Mathematics committee is working to bring about some changes. The committee has proposed several ideas, but most recently suggested that a senior year math course be required for all Utah high school students. As of now, Utah high schoolers are required to take at least three years of math over four years of high school, but there is no regulation as to when those courses need to be taken. Most commonly, students end up taking math during their freshman, sophomore, and junior years, skipping math all together for their senior year. The result then, and what is so concerning for the education committee, is that high school graduates are ill-prepared mathematically come college.
"'We can tell if there's been a gap in their learning time, and it's becoming more and more clear that gap is a major part of the gap when they head to college.' Nearly one of five students who entered Utah public colleges and universities right after high school in 2007 had to take remedial classes in college, according to the Utah System of Higher Education."