Texas’ Big Strides in Preparing Students for College Math

Math professor writing math equations on glass board

As educators, we remain concerned about the readiness of students who graduate high school and matriculate to higher education. In Texas, 51% of two-year and 12% of four-year students required remediation upon entry to college.1 Complete College America found that, of two year college students who took developmental classes, only 5.8% earned a degree in three years.2

As an effort to address these challenges, in 2013 Texas passed House Bill 5, an innovative education legislation that included a College Prep Mathematics course as one means to increase the number of college-ready students. This course provides high school seniors who are still struggling with mathematics concepts needed for college an opportunity to complete their preparation for college mathematics. The legislation also included safeguards to ensure that students can move directly into college credit-bearing courses upon successful completion of the course and avoid developmental courses. Aligning the course content to the wide range of entry-level college mathematics courses is a key component of a seamless transition from high school to college mathematics.

This blog post was originally published on eSchoolNews.com and the rest of the article can be found here.

 

Amy Getz from the Dana Center at the University of Texas has written more about this topic. Here are the links.

New Mathways Project Connects Students to Their Future

Teaching Mathematics in Rich, Complex, and Realistic Contexts: Part 1

Teaching Mathematics in Rich, Complex, and Realistic Contexts: Part 2