Webinar Series: Quantitative Leap How Math Policies Can Support Transitions To and Through College

May 4, 2016


Webinar 1 – A Gateway to College: Rethinking Postsecondary Mathematics
May 25, 11am – 12:15pm Pacific (2pm – 3:15pm Eastern)

Mathematics plays a fundamental role as a gateway to higher education. Besides the general education mathematics courses that students typically take to earn a degree, a large proportion of students are assigned to postsecondary remedial math courses when they arrive in college. Join us to hear about how college and university math faculty in two states are revising statewide policies and practices for these sequences. The goal is to position all students to succeed in college and beyond.
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Webinar 2 – Improving the Targeting of Treatment: Emerging Research on Postsecondary Math Placement Policies
June 8, 11am – 12:15pm Pacific (2pm – 3:15pm Eastern)

Recent research on college remediation has revealed the limitations of traditional placement tests and practices for accurately measuring the capacity of students in mathematics. These limitations raise the possibility that large proportions of college students are being under-placed and required to repeat courses they’ve successfully completed in high school, delaying or deterring their progress to a degree. Some higher education institutions are developing new assessment policies with a goal of improving math readiness, college success, and equity in student outcomes. Join this webinar to explore the research and implementation efforts.
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The Quantitative Leap! Series is an outgrowth of the Quantitative Leap policy brief by Pamela Burdman recommending three strategies for ensuring that math policies support college success: (1) ensure that quantitative reasoning requirements are evidence-based and reasonably consistent across educational systems, (2) rely on evidence to ensure validity and efficacy of placement tests and measures, and (3) improve quality, availability, and variety of high school courses that prepare students to be college ready in math. The brief and webinar series have been supported by the Irvine Foundation, College Futures Foundation, and the California Education Policy Fund.

Stay tuned for future webinars in the series on topics such as leveraging the senior year for success in mathematics and more.
The Opportunity Institute is a non-profit organization that promotes social mobility and equity by improving outcomes from early childhood through early career. We focus on education and the related social policies that make true educational opportunity possible. For more information, please visit theopportunityinstitute.org.