[Ed. – Apparently this means not even having the courses known as Algebra I and II and Geometry, for which “acceleration” has typically meant taking the course a year earlier than the average student. If everyone can’t take those in the same year, redesign the courses and call them something else. Just make sure to shovel everyone into them, and refuse to acknowledge that some kids are ready for quadratic equations before others are.]
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.
During a webinar posted on YouTube in December, a member of the “essential concepts” committee claimed that the new framework would exclude traditional classes like Algebra 1 and Geometry.
Committee member Ian Shenk, who focused on grades 8-10, said: “Let me be totally clear, we are talking about taking Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2 – those three courses that we’ve known and loved … and removing them from our high school mathematics program, replacing them with essential concepts for grade eight, nine, and 10.”