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CSU joins Schwarzenegger in urging adoption of Algebra-I in 8th grade

State Board of Education to consider on July 9 designating California’s existing Algebra I exam
as the test to measure eighth-grade mathematics proficiency

(July 9, 2008) – California State University Chancellor Charles B. Reed has joined Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in urging the State Board of Education to adopt Algebra I as the mathematics standard expected of all eighth-grade students in California.

Reed sent a letter today to the California State Board of Education urging it to continue its long-standing position of designating Algebra I as the minimum level of math proficiency expected of eighth-grade students. 

“In today’s economy, going to college is more important than ever.  A college degree is a ticket to a better job and a better future.  It can improve the economic situation of both individuals and their communities.  A college graduate’s lifetime earnings are almost double those of a high school graduate,” Reed said.   “This is why the California State University has made a priority of reaching out to K-12 schools and traditionally underserved communities around our state.  We want to make sure that more students are prepared to enter college and prepared to succeed once they get to college.  Proficiency in Algebra I and II has been demonstrated as the surest pathway to higher achievement as well as success in college.”

Reed said that to set any level lower than Algebra I as “grade-level proficient” for eighth grade jeopardizes the chances of increasing the number of public school students who can achieve college-level mathematics proficiency by the time they graduate.

Read Chancellor Reed's letter on the adoption of Algebra I.


The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 450,000 students and 46,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded nearly 2.5 million degrees, about 90,000 annually. Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California. See

Last Update: July 09, 2008
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