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Algebra for all eighth graders

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From: Marielouise (for Teacher2Teacher Service)
Date: Dec 02, 1998 at 22:17:13
Subject: Re: Algebra for all eighth graders

I do not have any specific data to share with you.  However, I believe that
if you contact the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project (UCSMP)
at 5835 S. Kimbark Ave., Chicago IL 60637  (773)-702-1130  or  email at:
<ucsmp@uchicago.edu >  and ask this same question they will have data to
share with you.

The UCSMP advocates teaching transitional math (pre-algebra) to all seventh
graders and algebra to all eighth graders.  They have been doing this project
for 15 years all across the country.   In their winter 1998 Newsletter has a
comparison chart showing percents of 8th graders studying various types of
mathematics curricula
  In the SIMS 1981 study 13% studied algebra.  In the NAEP 1986 survey 16%
studied algebra and in the NAEP 1996 survey 20% studied algebra

If you call or write UCSMP ask them to put you on the list for their free
newsletter.  It if very informative.

 -Marielouise, for the Teacher2Teacher service

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