Santa Barbara Independent
Algebra will soon be a course title absent from Santa Barbara Unified School District catalogs. Students will still find the slope of a line using y = mx + b, but Tuesday’s school board meeting marked the first official transition toward integrated courses that weave algebra, geometry, functions, statistics, and probability into a yearlong high school math class, getting rid of traditional courses titles like Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2.
The State Board of Education finalized the framework for Common Core State Standards in November and gave districts the freedom to choose math course sequence, pathways, and rollout plan. Whether they choose the traditional or integrated model, all districts will have to realign their math courses with the new standards, which emphasize concepts over procedure and focus more on context and application and less on isolated skill manipulation.