Algebra I is nearing its end as some middle schools may replace it with Common Core Math. This is due to the lack of representation among some minority groups in Algebra classes, which results to failures in college exams.

The Common Core Math standards require all middle school students be taught and learn the same general concepts of math. Previously, Algebra I was the preferred math concept among many middle schools, but many realized that only a limited number of students excel in the subject.

A new study about Common Core Math from the Brown Center at the Brookings Institution showed that letting eighth graders take algebra was based on the belief that more rigorous math classes were needed in middle schools. However, algebra remains as one of the most difficult subjects to pass among students. Some find the subject too difficult and drop out altogether.

The Common Core Math study discovered that the student percentage in advanced math classes has gone down, while the percentage of students in general math has increased. Study author Tom Loveless deemed general math classes to include Common Core math while advanced classes should include Algebra I.

Ktar News says that Common Core involves a set of English, language arts and math learning standards that have been adopted by schools across 48 states for kindergarteners up to grade 12 students. Common Core Math features concepts of algebra, statistics and geometry. The Common Core Math approach will synchronize the learning goals of students belonging in different states, resulting to more competent students and graduates.

The Los Angeles Times reports that aside from improving student performance, having students take a general math course like Common Core Math may also solve the issue of segregation in classrooms. There are schools that put Latino and black students out of high-level classes. Some students are placed in pre-algebra classes.

In the school year 2011 to 2012, there was equal representation among black students in Algebra in middle school. There was an influx of White and Asian students while Latino students lack in number. When students begin taking Algebra II classes, underrepresentation among black students also occurred together with Latino students. White and Asian students are still overrepresented in Algebra II classes.

As a result, white and Asian students were more likely to meet the entrance requirements of the University of California (UC) or Cal State University (CSU) than Latino, black and Native American students.

Overall, Common Core Math will at least offer two main benefits – better performance among middle graders and adequate representation among minority groups. Schools will hopefully realize these and begin implementing the subject to replace Algebra I.