Assembly Majority Leader Holden Introduces Bill To Update Algebra Graduation Requirement (AB 220)

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

SACRAMENO - Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) has introduced legislation that would update the Algebra I high school graduation to ensure students meet the mathematics high school graduation requirement.

In order to better align with Common Core Standards, a third of the 800 school districts surveyed, as of 2013, have decided to switch to the integrated mathematics pathway and more are expected to make the transition. For this reason, Mathematics I, which is part of the new integrated mathematics pathway, would need to be added to the Education Code.

“It is important we update our laws to reflect the reality of what is being taught in our classrooms. I believe AB 220 accomplishes this,” stated Assemblymember Holden.

Since 2010, California and other states have adopted the same standards for mathematics and other subjects. These standards are called the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

If signed into law, Assembly Bill 220 would update the California Education Code by removing an outdated reference to the 1997 mathematic standards, and by specifying that completion of Mathematics I would satisfy the high school graduation requirement so that pupils, regardless of what mathematics pathway school districts choose to follow, are able to meet the high school mathematics graduation requirements.