Education officials oppose lower math standards

Friday, March 16th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Oklahoma City-AP) -- State education officials say they'll fight any effort by the Legislature to lower math standards for high school students.

The state Board of Education says two bills passed by the House will ``dumb down'' math standards. The board is directing state schools Superintendent Sandy Garrett to send a resolution to lawmakers protesting any effort to lower math standards.

Students currently must take algebra one and two other math courses that are at least as challenging.

A bill by Representative Abe Deutschendorf allows mathematically-challenged students take algebra and three less challenging math courses. A measure by Representative Barbara Staggs would allow two applied math courses and algebra to satisfy high school graduation requirements.