Meeting Oregon’s New High School Math Graduation Requirements: Examining Student Enrollment and Teacher Availability


April 2012


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Prepared by Education Northwest's Jacqueline Raphael, Nicole Sage, Ph.D, and Ann Ishimaru, Ed.D.

Issues and Answers is an ongoing series of reports from short-term Fast Response Projects conducted by the regional educational laboratories on current education issues of importance at local, state, and regional levels. Fast Response Project topics change to reflect new issues, as identified through lab outreach and requests for assistance from policymakers and educators at state and local levels and from communities, businesses, parents, families, and youth. All Issues & Answers reports meet Institute of Education Sciences standards for scientifically valid research.

This report was produced by the 2006–2011 REL Northwest and released by the Institute of Education Sciences in April 2012. It was motivated by a 2005 Oregon law that requires students to take three years of mathematics courses at the algebra I level or above (advanced math), beginning with the Class of 2014. The study examines the percentage of Oregon students enrolled in high school-level math courses during 2006/07 and 2007/08 who would have been on track to graduate had the new mathematics requirements been in place. It also examines whether there would have been an adequate supply of teachers endorsed to teach advanced math in 2006/07 and 2007/08, had the new requirements been in place.