Do specific senior high school math courses help struggling students successfully result in the transition to college-level math?
Or do these students explore a maze anyways?
To answer these questions, a preliminary grant of $100,000 in the College Futures Foundation will offer the Math Pathways Project, a new effort to know course-taking experiences of students in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
The grant enables Tatiana Melguizo, a USC researcher, to become listed on forces with CGU and UCLA researchers and also the La Education Research Institute (LAERI), whose executive director is Kyo Yamashiro, an associate professor of education within the university’s School of Educational Studies.
\”We are so fortunate to take part in this long-standing research-practice partnership alongside our LAUSD colleagues,\”said Yamashiro, who co-founded the institute with UCLA's Meredith Phillips.
Yamashiro added the new grant is going to be leveraged to develop a longer-term study of math pathways to higher inform instructional practice and policy.
\”It's exciting to extend this collaboration to include one of our new information partners at USC, thanks to this initial grant in the College Futures Foundation,\” she said. \”We anticipate that this is going to lead us to some larger, longitudinal study to reply to deeper questions regarding promising math course-taking pathways that contribute to college math success.\”
For Frances Gipson (PhD, Education, 2012), the new grant also establishes another essential connection with LAERI.
\”This grant will develop our existing research-practice partnership with LAERI, by digging into our students' math experience and being familiar with how we are preparing them for future college success,\” said Gipson, L.A. Unified's chief academic officer.