Virginia moving to eliminate all accelerated math courses before 11th grade as part of equity-focused plan

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is moving to eliminate all accelerated math options prior to 11th grade, effectively keeping higher-achieving students from advancing as they usually would in the school system.
According to Serotkin, he learned of the change the night prior during a briefing from staff on the Virginia Mathematics Pathway Initiative (VMPI).
"[A]s currently planned, this initiative will eliminate ALL math acceleration prior to 11th grade," he said.
"That is not an exaggeration, nor does there appear to be any discretion in how local districts implement this.
Only in 11th and 12th grade is there any opportunity for choice in higher math courses."
His post included a chart with what appeared to be set math courses for 2022-2030.
VDOE spokesperson Charles Pyle indicated to Fox News that the courses would allow for at least some variation depending on students' skill level.
"Differentiated instruction means providing instruction that is catered to the learning needs of each child (appropriate levels of challenge and academic rigor)," Pyle said.
VIRGINIA EXPLORES PLAN TO END ADVANCED DIPLOMAS: 'EQUITABLY SERVING THE NEEDS...OF ALL VIRGINIA LEARNERSOn VDOE's website, the state features an infographic that indicates VMPI would require "concepts" courses for each grade level.
It states various goals like "[i]mprove equity in mathematics learning opportunities," "[e]mpower students to be active participants in a quantitative world," and "[i]dentify K-12 mathematics pathways that support future success."
He added that the concepts courses wouldn't eliminate algebraic ideas but rather interweave multiple strands of mathematics throughout the courses.
"Shifting to deeper learning through differentiated instruction, implementation of VMPI will promote student development of critical thinking, authentic application and problem solving skills.