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Missouri drops plans for test for integrated math

Thursday, October 22, 2009 | 9:26 a.m. CDT; updated 12:05 p.m. CDT, Thursday, October 22, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri's Department of Elementary and Secondary Education says it is dropping plans to create statewide math exams using an "integrated math" curriculum.

Integrated math offers a sequence of courses that teaches some algebra, geometry and higher math in the first year, followed by more complex concepts the next three school years.

It replaces a system used in many districts where math is taught in a sequence of algebra I, geometry, algebra II, and then higher level courses.

The state's decision not to create a test for Integrated Math II and III is expected to convince many districts to drop the integrated math system.

A memo from DESE administrator Michael Muenks said the state was unable to find enough educators for a panel to oversee Integrated Math exams. Also, he said not many students would be taking an integrated math assessment next spring.


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