In Austin, Much Ado About Algebra II

AUSTIN (March 16, 2013)—Algebra II, the math class of exponents and imaginary numbers and a potential predictor of a student's success in college and in life is a key point of contention in the Texas Legislature where lawmakers are grappling with overhauling high school graduation requirements statewide.

Several bills backed by industry groups would tweak graduation rules to give students more options in career training and vocational skills, but that could mean that Algebra II would no longer be required for all students.

Opponents of the move say that would ultimately produce future Texans who are less prepared for the workforce of the future, not more so.

Current law requires high school students to not only take Algebra II, but also to take standardized tests on it.