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February 2024
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Math and College Admissions

The Latest in the Inexplicable War on High School Data Science Courses

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Pamela Burdman
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For more than a decade, California students have had the option of taking courses such as statistics and data science to meet their required third year or recommended fourth year of math for admission to California’s public universities. This week, a faculty committee at the University of California took a radical step toward removing this option.
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January 2024
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Rethinking Math

More ‘Real Math,’ More Class Choices, Students Say. We Agree.

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Pamela Burdman
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An essential voice in the debate over how math should be taught is getting louder. The students themselves are increasingly being invited to participate in shaping the future of mathematics instruction. We should all be listening to their candid advice.
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December 2023
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High School Math Policies

Wanted: Evidence-Based Solutions to Inequitable Math Access

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Pamela Burdman
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North Carolina schools enroll students in higher-level math courses based on their previous grades or test scores. Under a 2018 law, high-performing students are automatically placed into advanced courses the following year. Even before that, the state of Washington piloted an automatic-enrollment program that saw large-percentage increases of students of color taking advanced courses in math...
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November 2023
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High School Math Policies

Math and Neurodiversity: How Increased Resources, Access Benefit All Students

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Pamela Burdman
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The education gap for neurodiverse students is less likely to be studied or acted on, experts say, which does a disservice not only to the students who would directly benefit from more equitable access to higher math, but also to the neurotypical children who are learning alongside them. 
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November 2023
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High School Math Policies

Postscript on Misinformation

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Pamela Burdman
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The conversation over math policy leaks appearing in the media deserves more information. We have found that then-private information about nonactionable decisions—including selective mentions of specific data science courses was shared anonymously with news organizations.
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