Donna Hargens, Wake's chief academic officer, says the school system is addressing the issue of minority underrepresentation in Algebra I.
In an op-ed piece today, Hargens says the Wake County school system has been trying to increase minority participation in Algebra I in middle schools for the past three years. She lays out a chronology of steps that have been taken since then, including using the SAS EVAAS program.
"None of these steps have closed the gap in Algebra I enrollment yet, but they represent our commitment to do so," Hargens writes. "Our community and our global economy are only becoming more competitive, and the rigor of our students' academic experiences must increase to keep the pace."
The op-piece comes amid the questions about minority Algebra I participation that were raised last year in a SAS report. It was picked up again last week after a presentation on the SAS report led Tony Gurley, chairman of the Wake County board of commissioners, to accuse the school system of deliberately limiting Algebra I access to boost test scores.