Governor Northam’s education staff and Board of Education have started moving forward to eliminate both Advanced Studies Diplomas in order to operate as a “lever for equity”, and “taking Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2 … and removing them from our high school mathematics program, replacing them with essential concepts for grade eight, nine, and 10.”
Advanced Studies Diplomas (and Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses) have provided more than a credential – done well, they teach high school students better study practices and the expectations of college-level coursework.
Thanks to the Thomas Jefferson Institute for this succinct summary.