An Illinois House education panel okayed a plan that would change math standards for middle and high school students.
The measure was developed by Democratic Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon. It would require the State Board of Education to develop a curriculum that includes an extra year of math in high schools. Currently only three years are required by the state, though many schools already require four years.
Simon has visited each of the state's 48 community colleges and said she repeatedly heard students lacked math skills.