As Governor Jerry Brown calls for math reform, LearningWorks initiatives emerge.

Feb 26th, 2016

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Via EdSource

Oakland, Calif., March 1, 2016. LearningWorks was mentioned this month in an Edsource article which detailed Governor Jerry Brown’s intent to ask California institutions to compete to create math reform across the state.

The governor “is proposing spending $3 million for a competition to develop a year-long math course that is closely aligned with the California State University’s expectation for incoming freshman,” explains Matthew Blake, a writer for EdSource. The math program intends to bridge the widening comprehension gap between high school and postsecondary mathematics, which has proven a great obstacle to student enrollment and graduation at postsecondary institutions.

As Blake notes, this course is directly in line with initiatives emerging from LearningWorks over the course of the last year, including Testing and Beyond, an all-day compendium encouraging collaboration towards the “Future of College Math Placement in California.”

In particular, Blake pays direct attention to the work of LearningWorks’ own Pamela Burdman, who last year published the three-part Degrees of Freedom series detailing the problem of college mathematics requirements and their role in limiting students’ access to higher education. Burdman will be releasing an updated set of recommendations this Spring, with a specific focus on meeting the needs of students “who need to strengthen their quantitative reasoning skills in order to be considered college-ready.”

LearningWorks is exceedingly proud to be recognized as part of the coalition of high schools, postsecondary institutions, policy makers and industry partners involved in removing the stigma from developmental classes, and dedicated to making post-secondary education achievable for all.

Read the full article on Governor Brown’s initiative here.

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