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Low Algebra Scores Lead To Summer ‘Boot Camp’ For 9th Graders

Dubbed “Algebra Boot Camp,” a six-week summer program in Pinellas County, Fla., will enroll incoming freshmen who are signed up to take Algebra 1 in the fall. Last year, only 34 percent of ninth-graders passed the algebra end-of-course exam — significantly below the state average of 52 percent. Under state law, students can’t graduate without passing Algebra 1.

The new summer program, which aims to enroll 25 students at every high school in its first year, takes a proactive approach to the low pass rate by trying to ensure students are ready for coursework on the first day.