Has the Wake County school system been deliberately not offering some students access to Algebra I in middle schools to boost test scores?
Much of the discussion Monday focused on how the report found that half the Algebra I ready student in Wake were not taking the course in middle school.
The percentage in Wake is lower than in districts such as Chapel Hill-Carrboro, Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Durham and Guilford.
There's a particularly large gap in Wake in the percentage of Algebra I ready Hispanic and black students taking the course compared to white students.
Gurley said that by by not offering Algebra I to all students, the top performers are enrolled. He said the other Algebra I ready students are instead put in less advanced courses that they should also do well in, also helping test scores at schools.
School board member John Tedesco also wants a review of why so many students aren't taking Algebra I in middle school. Tedesco, who attended Monday's presentation, said he wants to see if it's intentional or not.
Even if it's not intentional, Tedesco said it's possible that the diversity policy could result in students being sent to schools where teachers have lower expectations of them.