Board of Regents would like stronger math requirements for high school graduates

In this Tuesday, April 1, 2014 photo, an ACT Assessment preparation book is seen in Springfield, Ill. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

For a long time Teresa Theurer has been pushing for more math requirements in Utah schools. A former member of the Utah State School Board, Theurer is now a member of the Utah Board of Regents and she is still pushing for a four-year math requirement for high school graduates.

Theurer says she is fully behind a bill now before the Utah legislature, Senate Bill 186, which would require students to reach a certain level of competency in math before they leave. The bill is sponsored by Ann Millner, former president of Weber State University.

“Her idea was they could show that competency through assessment,” Theurer explains, “such as the AP or the IB exam, the ACT or earning a C grade or better in a concurrent enrollment class.

“While that doesn’t require four years of math, per se, to get those competencies for most students might require four years of math.”

Theurer says the Regents’ Scholarship also requires four years of math. She says too much math remediation is being done in higher education and just as four years of English is required a similar requirement should apply for Math.

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