Changing Pathways: How Community Colleges are Rethinking College Readiness in Math

Together, the high proportion of community college students requiring math remediation, and the relatively low proportion who succeed in required remedial sequences, make placement in developmental math one of the single greatest barriers to college completion.Pamela Burdman

Changing EquationsA must-read for community college professionals committed to student success and equity, this policy brief highlights the growing national movement to prioritize statistics and quantitative reasoning and rethink the traditional one-size-fits-all, algebra-based approach to math remediation. Burdman presents the rationale behind innovative new approaches, and she connects several efforts underway nationally, including 3CSN’s California Acceleration Project, the Carnegie Foundation’s Statway and Quantway initiatives, and the New Texas Mathways Project being led by Uri Treisman. Also discussed: ongoing challenges in the work, including transfer articulation with 4-year institutions and alignment with K-12 Common Core standards.

Through the California Acceleration Project, 3CSN supports California community colleges’ efforts to develop and teach new accelerated math pathways.

How can your college get connected?
Interested math faculty/administrators should contact Myra Snell to address questions and begin developing plans now.

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