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Virginia moving to eliminate all accelerated math courses before 11th grade as part of equity-focused plan | Fox News

Posted by M. C. on April 23, 2021

Washington has metastisized in VA.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/virginia-accelerated-math-courses-equity

By Sam Dorman | Fox News

State says framework includes ‘differentiated instruction’ catered to the needs of the child

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is moving to eliminate all accelerated math options prior to 11th grade, effectively keeping higher-achieving students from advancing as they usually would in the school system.

Loudoun County school board member Ian Serotkin posted about the change via Facebook on Tuesday. According to Serotkin, he learned of the change the night prior during a briefing from staff on the Virginia Mathematics Pathway Initiative (VMPI).

“[A]s currently planned, this initiative will eliminate ALL math acceleration prior to 11th grade,” he said. “That is not an exaggeration, nor does there appear to be any discretion in how local districts implement this. All 6th graders will take Foundational Concepts 6. All 7th graders will take Foundational Concepts 7. All 10th graders will take Essential Concepts 10. Only in 11th and 12th grade is there any opportunity for choice in higher math courses.”…

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