Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Navigating by North Star, Weast hits Algebra Iceberg

Weast misses Algebra target.

In February of 2008, Superintendent Jerry Weast proclaimed that the "North Star" was guiding MCPS to a goal of 80% of students college and work ready by 2010. 

One of the "North Star" goals was to have 80% of students successfully complete Algebra by 8th grade in 2010.

That "North Star" goal has now been crossed out in the MCPS Strategic Plan.

Maybe the "North Star" goal has been crossed out because in 2009 only 65.5% of the Grade 8 students had successfully completed Algebra 1.

According to what Superintendent Weast told the New America Foundation on March 30, 2010, the new "North Star" goal is now 80% of students successfully completing Algebra by 2014

Have to watch that "North Star", it may not always point in the same direction.


  1. 80% of 8th graders completing Algebra 1 is an arbitrary goal that results in too many students being placed in Algebra 1 before they are ready. Recognizing that this goal was not met and altering it is not a bad thing.
    -MCPS Math Teacher

  2. @ MCPS Math Teacher. Thanks! When is that goal going to be removed from the "Seven Keys?"


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