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Strong quantitative reasoning skills are essential to navigating today’s data-rich society and advancing in a 21st-century career. Whether a student dreams of becoming a scientist, an electrician, a teacher, or a historian, math learning will be central to their success.
Yet math policies, practices, and perceptions often turn students off math and create roadblocks to higher education.
Together we can change policy to ensure that math education is a gateway to opportunity—not a gatekeeper.
For more than two decades, the CSU system has been a leader nationally in adopting programs to strengthen students’ math preparation and smooth transitions between high school and college. Its announcement at yesterday’s trustees meeting that the system will double down on these efforts—rather than increase admissions requirements—is welcome news, particularly given concerns about students’ math learning.
In this piece for Chalkbeat, Just Equations National Policy Director Melodie Baker shares the story of her son’s college admissions process, during which he was grilled about his decision to take AP Statistics rather than AP Calculus his senior year. The story highlights findings from our report Calculating the Odds about covert calculus expectations in admissions and how they shape the math education landscape at large.
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