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Misaligned Transitions

This Points of Interest suggests that students with advanced math knowledge continue to be placed into developmental math courses.
August 14, 2019
Christopher M. Mullin
Tags: Alignment, 4. Streamline remediation options., Transfer and Course Applicability

The connection between high school and college is a vital part of a student's transition. The alignment of learning objectives and standards supports academic momentum and provides efficient use of resources. Yet, in this examination of trends in developmental math course-taking for a nationally representative sample of students under age 30, descriptive data suggest first-year students who have taken calculus in high school are still enrolling in developmental math courses in college. The reasons lie in system and institutional policies and practices that have a direct impact on student success. This Points of Interest suggests that students with advanced math knowledge continue to be enrolled in into developmental math courses in college.