The state Board of Education Friday voted to remove geometry as a requirement for high school graduation. The change was made to bring Mississippi into compliance with the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
Students will instead be required to take Algebra I and one higher math course, such as geometry or Algebra II. The plan also increases the number of math courses required for high school graduation from three to four.
State Superintendent of Education, Dr. Henry Johnson, told the board members last month that the change was needed to bring Mississippi into compliance with federal NCLB standards.
The federal law requires that students be tested at the highest level of math required. The problem, Johnson had said, is that Mississippi students are tested at Algebra I, but geometry is the highest level of math required.
The board delayed until its March meeting discussion of increasing the number of hours in reading required by elementary education majors. The proposed change would increase the number of required hours in reading from six to 15, with three of those hours being phonics.