Here's a quick recap of today's news conference with Wake County Superintendent Tony Tata with more to come later.
Tata said he'll ask the school board to adopt a new policy saying that middle school students should be enrolled in Algebra I if they're projected to have a 70 percent chance of success by EVAAS. Tata said the new policy would only allow professional judgment to be used to place students in Algebra I and not to keep them out.
The use of professional judgment to exclude students from Algebra I has been a contentious issue.
Tata said enrollment in Algebra I is projected to hit 6,000 students this fall, compared to 4,500 this past school year and 3,000 in the 2009-10 school year. Even with the increase in enrollment this past school year, Tata focused on how scores essentially stayed the same and didn't drop dramatically as some feared would take place.
School board vice chairman John Tedesco said he asked staff to draft the new policy following his dissatisfaction over the Algebra I presentations at the last ED task force meeting.