A new study shows about a quarter of California 7th graders are not meeting the state's standards when it comes to math. What's worse, about 30 percent of them are being advanced into Algebra I even though they are unprepared.
The study found a majority of those students scored below basic level when they took a state test for Algebra I.
EdSource is not recommending that California schools back off from advancing students, but rather work on creating a solid math foundation in earlier grades.
One school district says it looks at several factors, including grades, class participation and performance on a readiness test to determine if a student is prepared to take Algebra I.