Proposed Change in Mathematics
by Jim Hopkins, school board member
The Virginia Standards of Learning are updated once every seven years by the Virginia Board of
Education. The Virginia Department of Education is currently reviewing what changes will be made
in the Mathematics Standards of Learning. The changes will be implemented in the 2025-2026 school year.
In one of the proposed changes, the course content of Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 will be
blended into new courses. Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 would then be eliminated from
the Standards of Learning. I support blending the content into new courses but oppose Algebra
1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 removal from the Standards of Learning. It would be worthwhile to keep
the traditional courses because it would give students the option of taking the blended courses,
the traditional courses, or both. The more opportunities we can provide for our students, the
better it is for our school system.
Another reason to keep the traditional courses is to make sure the new blended courses meet the needs
of all students. I see no reason to delete the traditional courses until the new blended courses have
proven their worth.
The decision to remove or keep the traditional courses in the Standards of Learning will be made at
the state level by the Virginia Department of Education and the Board of Education. This decision does not
fall under the authority of your local school board. Therefore I have asked the Orange County School
Board to pass a resolution requesting the Virginia Department of Education and Board of Education
to keep Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 in the Standards of Learning. The resolution was discussed
at a school board meeting, but members asked for the decision to be delayed until more information
is made available by the school administration. I anticipate a vote on the resolution in July 2021.
If the Orange County School Board approves the resolution, I will reach out to members of the Blue
Ridge Virtual Governor's School Joint School Board and request they consider a similar resolution. If
the school board votes on the resolution and it is not adopted, I will comply with the board's will
and drop pursuit of this matter.