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Accessing College-Level Math

This Points of Interest shows that replacing pre-requisite remediation seems to allow a greater number of community college students to enroll in college math more quickly.
October 30, 2019
Christopher M. Mullin
Tags: Accurate Placement, 2. Enroll in college-level math and English., Differential Capacity of Institutions

A study found that college students who in their junior year of high school earned ACT math scores below 19, the cut score for being remediation eligible in Tennessee, enrolled in college-level math at higher rates. The increase enrolling in college-level math and passing college-level math increased from 2010-11 to 2015-16 (as shown in the figure) was due to several innovations taking place in TN over these years including but not limited to some high schools implementing Seamless Alignment and Integrated Learning Support (SAILS) in 2012. The net effect is a 47% increase in college entrants taking college math with the proportion completing the college math course increasing 27% from 17% to 44%.

This Points of Interest shows that replacing pre-requisite remediation seems to allow a greater number of community college students to enroll in college math more quickly.