SBE News Release for November 14, 2019
CALIFORNIA STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION1430 N Street, Suite 5111
Sacramento, CA 95814
For Immediate Release
November 14, 2019
Janet Weeks, Director of Communications
Statement from Board of Education President Darling-Hammond on CSU Math Proposal Delay
SACRAMENTO -- California State Board of Education President Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond today thanked California State University Chancellor Timothy White for giving the K-12 community more time to consider a proposal that would add a fourth year of quantitative reasoning to admission requirements beginning in 2026.
The CSU Board of Trustees was to discuss the proposal next week. That discussion has been moved to the trustees’ January meeting.
“This is an important issue that will have a wide-reaching effect on our schools, and so I am grateful to Chancellor White for giving us extra time to evaluate impacts,” Dr. Darling-Hammond said. “I applaud the CSU for its goal of improving STEM opportunities for students and for thinking intensely about how to support K-12 efforts in this regard. It is critical that any new expectations not exacerbate existing inequalities in access to quantitative skills at the K-12 level, in particular the already acute shortage of qualified math and science teachers that has reduced access to coursework and to high-quality teaching for students in many schools.”
If approved, high school students would be required to take an additional math or science course that features quantitative reasoning in the traditional A-G course sequence or an additional elective such as statistics, computer science, coding, or engineering to qualify for admission to a CSU.
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