Transition to College Algebra

We are recruiting high schools in partnership with their local community or technical college to pilot the Transition to College Algebra course during its second year. Currently, we have over 35 schools participating in the pilot and hope to add more for the upcoming school year. 

Transition to College Algebra is a one-year course (a unit) to be delivered by the high school to seniors who will need College Algebra to meet their postsecondary goals, but require additional academic preparation to place into that course.  It was developed by high school and two-year college math faculty, charged by the Board of Regents with creating a course to enable more graduating high school seniors to enroll in credit-bearing, college-level math courses when they start college.

The pilot course will provide valuable data regarding whether students who complete this Transition to College Algebra course qualify for direct placement into and successfully complete College Algebra, after enrolling in the college or university of their choice.

Benefits for School Districts:  Transition to College Algebra is aligned with KSDE’s Kansas Standards for Mathematics, fulfills the fourth year math requirement for Qualified Admissions, and aims to reduce the number of graduating seniors placed in remedial math courses once enrolled in college.

Benefits for Colleges:  Transition to College Algebra will reduce the number of high school seniors requiring remediation.  It is appropriate to assume more students enrolling directly in credit-bearing, college-level math courses will increase college retention and completion rates.  This course addresses Kansas Core Outcomes established for Fundamentals of Math, Elementary Algebra, and Intermediate Algebra developed by systemwide postsecondary math faculty collaboration.

Benefits to Parents and Students:  This course will reduce the number of seniors requiring remediation in college, lowering college costs and increasing a likelihood for success.  It is aligned with KSDE’s Kansas Standards for Mathematics, meets Qualified Admissions match requirements, and provides additional math support for students while still in high school.  This course will enable more high school seniors to meet college and career ready standards, and aims to smooth the transition between high school and college.    

Partnership applications are due March 31, 2017.  

If you have questions please contact Melissa Fast at the Kansas State Department of Education (mfast@ksde.org, 785.296.3486). 


Application and Requirements
 TitleDescription
Transition to College Algebra Pilot ApplicationJoint application for school districts and community/technical colleges to participate in the 2017-2018 pilot. DEADLINE March 31, 2017.
Transition to College Algebra Pilot RequirementsRequirements for districts and community/technical college participation in the 2017-2018 pilot.
2017-2018 1st Year Pilot Participants
High School Post-Secondary Institution
USD 101 Erie High Kansas City Community College
USD 253 Emporia High Independence Community College
USD 266 Complete High School Maize Highland Community College
USD 351 Macksville High Garden City Community College
USD 383 Manhattan Virtual Academy Neosho County Community College
USD 385 Andover High Manhattan Area Technical College
USD 397 Centre High Butler Community College
USD 413 Chanute High Flint Hills Technical College
USD 415 Hiawatha High North Central Technical College
USD 432 Victoria High School Pratt Community College
USD 466 Scott Community High
USD 481 Hope High 
USD 481 White City High
USD 484 Fredonia High
USD 500 JC Harmon
2016-2017 Pilot Participants
 High School
 Post-Secondary Insitution
USD 204 Bonner Springs High
USD 224 Clifton Clyde High
USD 229 Blue Valley High
USD 229 Blue Valley West
USD 247 Southeast High
USD 250 Pittsburg High
USD 251 Northern Heights High
USD 259 Wichita North
USD 259 Wichita Southeast
USD 260 Derby High
USD 261 Campus High
USD 303 Ness City High
USD 305 Salina Central
USD 305 Salina South
USD 310 Fairfield High
USD 313 Buhler High
USD 315 Colby High
USD 337 Royal Valley High
USD 355 Ellinwood High
USD 363 Holcomb High
USD 382 Pratt High
USD 383 Manhattan High
USD 386 Madison High
USD 389 Eureka High
USD 423 Moundridge High
USD 428 Great Bend High
USD 443 Dodge City High
USD 445 Field Kindley High
USD 449 Pleasant Ridge High
USD 457 Garden City High
USD 473 Chapman High
USD 477 Ingalls High School
USD 480 Liberal High
USD 487 Herington High
USD 493 Columbus High
USD 500 Wyandotte High
USD 503 Parsons High
St. Mary's Colgan Catholic High


Barton Community College
Cloud County Community College
Coffeyville Community College
Colby Community College
Dodge City Community College
Flint Hills Technical College
Fort Scott Community College
Garden City Community College
Highland Community College
Hutchinson Community College
Johnson County Community College
Kansas City Kansas Community College
Labette Community College
Manhattan Area Technical College
Pratt Community College
Salina Area Technical College
Seward County Community College/Area Technical School
Wichita Area Technical College



Contact Information
Melissa Fast
Math Standards 6-12
MSP Program 
Consultant
mfast@ksde.org 
785-296-3486 
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