Closing the Gap: Too Many College-Bound Seniors are Not Prepared for College Math
In the northeast San Fernando Valley, over 60% of all college-bound high school seniors will require remediation in math during their freshman year in college.
This has stark implications for the persistence of first-generation, low-income students -- almost half do not go on to graduate from college.
In 2013, to tackle the number of students entering college in need of remediation and provide greater support for our students, Project GRAD expanded its scope to address the college math remediation crisis.
Through a groundbreaking collaboration with the LAUSD and California State University, Northridge (CSUN), Project GRAD launched Transition to College Math and Statistics (TCMS), a fourth-year math course designed to prepare college-bound seniors at area high schools for college-level math, and in the process, ultimately increase college readiness and reduce the gaps in persistence and degree completion among first-generation college students.
The TCMS course started as a pilot and within three years of refining and expanding the program, 61% of students required no remediation when they entered college in the fall of 2016. Placed in historical context, before we began the program, only 22% of all students in the region passed out of remediation.