Apparently, there is a big 'unintended consequences' kind of problem with the state and federal testing requirements for math in Texas. The feds say middle schoolers have to be tested every year in math and once in high school. Texas says the high school test they have to take is Algebra I. If students take Algebra I in 8th grade, what happens? Double testing in 8th grade? What about in high school? Hmmm.
School districts are trying to work this out, but some might just stop offering Algebra I in middle school if things get too difficult. That would be a shame.