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Mineral, Grant among counties staying the course

June 12th, 2015 by WCBC Radio

Some West Virginia county school systems plan to opt out of a new integrated high school math course structure and return to traditional algebra and geometry classes. The traditional structure, which predates national Common Core standards, focused on individual math subjects. The integrated structure combines algebra, geometry and other math subjects in each course.

Data presented to the state Board of Education on Wednesday shows Brooke, Calhoun, Greenbrier, Hardy, Harrison, Kanawha, Mason, Morgan, Pendleton, Putnam and Ritchie counties plan to revert to the traditional structure in the 2015-2016 school year, The Charleston Gazette reported.

Barbour, Berkeley, Cabell, Grant, Lincoln, Logan, Marshall, McDowell, Mineral, Mingo, Monongalia, Ohio, Randolph, Summers and Tyler counties plan to keep the integrated structure.

Any other county that wants to revert to the traditional structure must notify the state before the next school year begins, said Joey Wiseman, director of secondary learning for the West Virginia Department of Education.

Schools that revert to the traditional structure must still teach to national Common Core standards. The traditional structure predates the national standards.

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