Math Topic for School Board

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The state Board of Education is considering changing its required math courses for high school graduation.

The new plan would replace the state's geometry requirement with at least one math course higher than Algebra One. Geometry or any other advance math courses could be taken.

The plan would also increase the number of required high school math courses from three to four. It does not change the requirement that high schoolers be tested on Algebra One.

State Superintendent of Education Dr. Henry Johnson told board members Thursday that federal officials have given the plan preliminary approval. He says the change is needed to bring Mississippi into compliance with the federal No Child Left Behind law.

The board plans to vote on the proposal Friday unless it hears that federal officials have withdrawn approval.