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Reading List: California Algebra Requirement

Arguments prior to State Board of Education decision regarding algebra requirement


** Letters to California State Board of Education, July 8, 2008, from:

Board decision and rationale


** California State Board of Education July 2008, Agenda. Available at


July Motion to Approve SBE Action, July 9th 2008. Not available online.


CDE plan and forthcoming issues


** California Department of Education Comprehensive Plan to Help Schools Prepare All Students for Success in Algebra I in Eighth Grade. Not available online.


State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell’s response to algebra requirement, July 9th, 2008. Not available online.


Legal actions


The Association of California School Administrator and California School Boards Association sue School Board of Education over algebra mandate. Not available online.


Complaint to determine validity of action of the California State Board of Education taken on July 9, 2008, relating to the Algebra I end-of-course examination, and for declaratory and injunctive relief. Not available online.




Page 1: February 6 Letter from ED describing additional evidence needed to be submitted to meet ESEA requirements for the CA Assessment System. Available at


Page 5: Revised Mathematics Development Plan. Available at


Page 7: April 10 Letter to ED describing response from CDE and SBE reflecting actions taken at the March board meeting. Available at


Page 11: May 2 Letter from ED describing its agreement with the proposed plan and its intent to place California under the compliance agreement. Available at


Page 13: Revised Mathematics Blueprint. Available at


Page 15: Revised Mathematics Blueprint and its Relationship to the State Adopted Algebra Readiness Program Curriculum. Available at


Page 23: Skills and Knowledge Identified as Lacking by National Survey of Teachers as Pertaining to Revised Mathematics Blueprint. Available at


**This document is considered a priority reading.