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Alternative High School Math Pathways in Massachusetts: Developing an On-Ramp to Minimize College Remediation in Mathematics

Abstract

"In this position paper, the Rennie Center proposes a plan that would significantly reduce the number of students who require college remediation in mathematics, with the ultimate goal of eliminating the need for college remediation. This alternative pathway through high school mathematics would better motivate, serve, and prepare students who are currently struggling to advance through the existing progression of mathematics courses and ensure that all students receive a firm foundation in mathematics through Algebra II. In this paper, we outline Massachusetts' current procedure for college placement in mathematics, describe initiatives in other states that are addressing the challenges of remediation, and propose a new plan for high school mathematics courses designed to improve the quality of mathematics instruction and drastically reduce remediation rates. "

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