As algebra pass rates fall at the college level, some are suggesting new approaches for math requirements.

algebra-reccA Missouri Department of Education committee is recommending that two- and four-year public colleges that require algebra for graduation instead give students the option of taking statistics or other math subjects more relevant to their fields.

Roughly half the students who take college algebra in Missouri fail it at least once, with many of them just giving up and dropping out, math professors say.

By replacing the algebra requirement with other math choices, state education officials are hoping to speed graduation for many students, The Kansas City Star reported.

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