The numbers of middle school students passing Florida’s Algebra 1 end of course exam continued to surge this year, according to testing results released by the Florida Department of Education today.
Students who pass Algebra 1 in 8th grade or before are on schedule to take a calculus course in high school, placing them in the pipeline for engineering careers.
The number of 7th graders passing the spring administration of the test was 16% higher this year than last year. The two-year increase from 2016 to 2018 was 26%.
The number of 8th graders passing the test increased 8% this year and 28% in over the last two years.
The overall passing rate for all grades and all three administrations of the exam in 2017-18 increased to 61% from 56% three years ago, according to the Orlando Sentinel.