Four Part Series: Quantitative Leap! How Math Policies Can Support Transitions To and Through College

Nov 3rd, 2016


A Sincere Thank You!

LearningWorks and The Opportunity Institute are excited to announce that the four part webinar series, Quantitative Leap! is now available online. The series, hosted by Pamela Burdma, explores how math polices can support transitions to and through college.

The four part webinar series can be accessed here

Mathematics sequences in high school and college are a key hurdle for students seeking to attend and complete a postsecondary degree or credential. The series highlighted three strategies for strengthening the transition from high school to college and making sure that math requirements don’t constitute arbitrary barriers to academic progress:
1- Quantitative reasoning expectations: Ensure that math requirements for college readiness and graduation are evidence-based, well-aligned with students’ programs of study, and reasonably consistent across educational segments. (Webinar 1)
2 – Evidence-based placement practices: Rely on evidence to ensure the validity and efficacy of the placement measures used to determine students’ readiness for college-level quantitative reasoning courses. (Webinar 2)
3 – Opportunities to prepare: Provide all high school students opportunities to prepare for college-level work and avoid the need for remedial courses in college, especially by leveraging the senior-year of high school. (Webinar 3&4)

We hope that the webinars helped strengthen and deepen your work toward student success and equity, just as your participation and engagement made the webinars more valuable. In particular, we want to thank our presenters (listed below) for sharing their insights with our network.

Webinars Archived Online!
If you missed the webinars, please find the slides and recordings here:
Webinar 1 * A Gateway to College:  Rethinking Postsecondary Mathematics.
Webinar 2 * Improving the Targeting of Treatment: Emerging Research on Postsecondary Math Placement Policies
Webinar 3 * High School Math Course-Taking and College Readiness
Webinar 4 * Seizing Twelfth Grade to Improve Math Readiness: Senior-Year Transition Courses

Thank you to our presenters!
Joan Leitzel, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, Ohio State University; Former President, University of New Hampshire; Chair, Ohio Mathematics Steering Committee
Luis Casian, Chair, Department of Mathematics, Ohio State University; Founder, Ohio Mathematics Chairs Network
Malcolm Adams, Chair, Department of Mathematics, University of Georgia; Member, Task Force on the Role of Mathematics in College Completion
German Vargas, Chair, Department of Mathematics, College of Coastal Georgia; Chair, University System of Georgia Ad Hoc Steering Committee on Transforming College Mathematics Implementation Plan; Member, Task Force on the Role of Mathematics in College Completion
Katherine Stevenson, Professor of Mathematics and Director, Developmental Mathematics, California State University-Northridge; Co-Chair, California State University Quantitative Reasoning Task Force
Judith Scott-Clayton, Associate Professor of Economics and Education, Columbia University; Senior Research Associate, Community College Research Center
Michelle Hodara, Senior Researcher, Education Northwest, Research Affiliate, Community College Research Center
John Hetts, Senior Director of Data Science, Educational Results Partnership
Eric Hsu, Professor of Mathematics, San Francisco State University; Director, Center for Science and Math Education
Sonya Sedivy, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Associate Scientist
Julian Betts, University of California-San Diego, Professor of Economics
Louise Jaffe, Santa Monica College, Trustee
David Barsky, California State University-San Marcos, Associate Professor of Mathematics
Neal Finkelstein, Senior Research Scientist, WestEd
Angela Boatman, Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Higher Education, Vanderbilt University
Elisabeth Barnett, Senior Research Associate, Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University
Pitt Turner, Mathematics Professor, Sierra College