In his September 2015 Equity and Excellence address, Mayor de Blasio presented plans for reform at the New York City Department of Education. Two of them are explicitly math related: Algebra for All and Computer Science for All.
Algebra for All: By fall 2021, all students will have access to algebra in 8th grade, and there will be academic supports in place earlier in middle school to build greater algebra readiness by 8th grade. Every student will complete algebra no later than 9th grade. Research shows that students who successfully pass algebra no later than 9th grade are more likely to graduate from high school and attend and graduate from college.
Computer Science for All: By 2025, every student will receive computer science education in elementary, middle, and high school. In addition to teaching coding, robotics, web design, and more, computer science courses will help foster teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, and creativity.
CUNY is engaged in partnership with the NYC DOE on both of these initiatives. In addition to other strategies, faculty in Teacher Education, Math and Computer Science will contribute to professional development plans for DOE teachers. Roll out for these innovative initiatives is still being imagined, and CUNY is committed to supporting the teaching and learning of students in these areas from P-12 and on through college.