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 February 14, 2018.
If you have questions please contact Melissa Fast (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the Kansas State Department of Education.