A study from the University of Michigan published in the Journal of Higher Education last year showed that Algebra 2 is not adequate high school math preparation for a bachelor’s degree program (see an opinion piece on this issue on StateImpact Florida here).
So the next course in the standard high school math sequence – Precalculus – should be the target for every student bound for a four-year college.
Statewide, the enrollment rate for Precalculus courses was about 25 enrollments per 100 12th graders this past spring. That is, about a quarter of Florida’s high school grads had taken Precalculus.
Of course, there is significant variation in this enrollment rate from district to district. The top ten for Precalculus enrollment rate includes districts that are small (Glades, Liberty, Taylor, Walton and Hamilton), medium-sized (St. Johns, Seminole, Alachua and Leon) and large (Duval).