CA’s Architect of “Equity-Based Algebra” Accused of Academic Fraud

March 26, 2024 Article by Sanjana Friedman on Pirate Wires.

The state’s math framework is strongly influenced by the academic work of Jo Boaler, now accused of significantly distorting citations in research underpinning the framework..

“Boaler first made a name for herself in the mid-2000s by advocating against “tracking” — a system designed to allow high-performing students to be appropriately challenged and underperforming students to receive appropriate support — and instead promoting “heterogeneous classes,” where students’ demonstrated math ability is ignored and all are taught the same content. For years, she’s had the ear of administrators and policy wonks eager to reform teaching practices in a state where over 65% of students aren’t meeting grade-level math standards.”

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