Times staff writer Mitchell Landsberg contributed to this report.
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Most Los Angeles ninth-graders find algebra difficult. A sample question from the algebra standards test:
A 120-foot-long rope is cut into 3 pieces. The first piece of rope is twice as long as the second piece of rope. The third piece of rope is three times as long as the second piece of rope. What is the length of the longest piece of rope?
A) 20 feet
B) 40 feet
C) 60 feet
D) 80 feet
Correct answer: C
More algebra problems inside
Source: California Department of Education
A majority of ninth-graders in Los Angeles fail algebra or pass with a D grade.
Algebra grades of LAUSD freshmen in fall 2004:
C and above 39%