CSU is Prepared to Make Exceptions to New Math Requirements. Is It Enough?

The California State University system is mulling some exceptions to new math requirements under consideration for freshman admissions.

Senior CSU administrators want to add an additional math or quantitative reasoning course, such as computer science or another science lab course, to their admissions requirements (the plan will go before the board in November). But they have faced pushback from key groups such as the California Teachers Association, the California School Boards Association, and the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Opponents of the plan say many schools simply don’t have the staffing resources to add an extra math class. They fear students will be turned away from CSU through no fault of their own.

In response, CSU says it is prepared to make exceptions. But some are still worried.

“CSU officials have said they will seek a partnership with the California Department of Education to identify schools with limited course offerings but have provided few details about how that partnership would work,” EdSource reports. "Skeptics worry that the burden will ultimately be on students to apply for a waiver from the new math requirement.”

The publication adds that “the exemption waivers will be phased out over time, once all schools in the state can offer the required courses, according to CSU.”

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