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Algebra ll and High School Graduation - Recommended Courses for College Readiness

03/08/2014 Published by: Suzanne

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Categories: Your Child's Ages & Stages, Student 2 Student Programs Worldwide, Transition to College

The State Board of Education in Texas recently made a decision to no longer require its high school students to complete Algebra ll in order to graduate.  In its online article, “Despite New Law, Algebra ll Still a College Requirement”, published on March 4, 2014, The Texas Tribune describes the Board’s House Bill 5 which changed curriculum and testing requirements in Texas schools.  The question remains, will other states follow suit?

Despite this change, students and parents should keep in mind that most universities still require applicants to have passed Algebra ll in order to gain admission into their institution.  Academic rigor continues to be what admissions officers look for in the high school schedules of their prospective students.

The Military Child Education Coalition® (MCEC®) has rigorous recommended standards which can be found in the “My SchoolQuest Profile” section of the™ home page.  This is where parents create a password-protected online record of their student’s educational history (schools attended, courses taken, activities involved in, etc.) which is especially handy if you move and need to register at a new school and finding all of your child’s pertinent paperwork becomes a challenge.  Once you’ve created an account, not only can you begin building your student’s profile, you can also find a lot of valuable information about planning and preparing for the future.  In particular, MCEC’s rigorous recommended course schedule standards can be found in the article titled “Making the Most of Your High School Academics” under the “My Future” tab of your student’s profile.  Not only are the recommended number of credits and course titles for the subjects of English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Science, Science, Foreign Language and Computer Science spelled out; the point is made that planning really needs to begin in the 7th grade.

While visiting™, check out the “College Preparation” section of their Library where you’ll find even more resources to reference as your student works on becoming “College Ready!”

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