Welcome to the League of Women Voters Education Committee.
If you missed the December 12, 2000 presentation to the local Los Altos-Mountain View League of Women Voters, this website will fill you in.
One of the main issues facing our community is the preparation of our students for the upcoming and never before given, high school exit exam. Since the exam tests a studentís knowledge of Algebra, it has the effect of making Algebra a brand new prerequisite for high school graduation. Many questions have been asked publicly about the content of this exam, and where it fits within the state scheme. Questions are being asked about requiring all children to take Algebra, and whether children in our community will be prepared to pass this exam when it is given for the first time.
Mathematics education is of great concern to many people living in Silicon Valley, including parents of children in our districts. This presentation addresses the performance of American children on international mathematics exams, and California childrenís math performance compared to their peers nationally. It is about the stateís attempt to raise academic prowess equally for all students, and how access to high academic programs may be a civil right. If what you read here interests you---- whether you agree or disagree---- please join our committee.
A word of thanks to EdSource, a nonprofit group, devoted to disseminating valuable and accurate information about California public schools.
Vicki Hobel Schultz
Los Altos-Mountain View Chapter
League of Women Voters