Reading’s new math curriculum runs into protests

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Reading is one of the first school districts statewide to redesign its math curriculum in an attempt to align with the Common Core State Standards Initiative, preparation for national English and math tests for public school students. The district has adopted a new sequence that leaves more than 80 percent of eighth-graders without a direct path to a high school calculus course.

Only 18 percent will be enrolled in algebra 1, compared with 60 percent to 65 percent in previous years.

Some parents have said they plan to attend a joint meeting of the School Committee and the Board of Selectmen on Aug. 26 in hopes of convincing them to reconsider changes to the math course options.

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