The Education Establishment has announced their intent to sue the State Board of Education for adopting an 8th grade Algebra 1 requirement.

I say bring it on! It’s about time that the state’s school leaders – school board members and administrators – go on the record in sworn testimony as to why they cannot and should not teach algebra to 8th graders.

In 2007, California’s eighth graders ranked 44th in the nation in mathematics achievement. Internationally, eighth graders in the United States are outperformed in mathematics by their counterparts in Singapore, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan, as well as Belgium, the Netherlands, Estonia and Hungary.