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Learning About New Demands in Schools: Considering Algebra Policy Environments (LANDSCAPE)

The past three decades in mathematics education policy and research have seen a considerable focus on algebra and its place in secondary schools. Access to and success in the first high school course, most often termed Algebra I, has been framed as a civil rights issue, a harbinger of college success, and a lynchpin to global competitiveness. Policymakers have targeted access to Algebra I through universal enrollment policies at specific grade levels, while educational researchers and policy analysts have investigated the efficacy of such policies in improving student outcomes.


Michael D. Steele, Janine Remillard, John Y. Baker, Lindsay M. Keazer, Beth Herbel-Eisenmann

Publication Date

April 2016