California’s Math Pipeline: Many Routes Through and Around College-Prep Courses
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The proportion of California 11th graders who have taken at least the math courses they need to be eligible for admissions to the state’s 4-year universities has increased from 35% in 2003 to 49% in 2010.
This EdSource analysis of state testing data also documents wide variations in students’ math placement and progress in 2010 based on ethnicity, with Asian students being twice as likely as African Americans to reach at least the Algebra II benchmark by their junior years.
This brief is one of three on K–12 student achievement in mathematics for educators and policymakers wanting to strengthen science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education in California:
This EdSource brief was prepared with input and advice from the California STEM Learning Network (CSLNet). EdSource thanks the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation for the project grant that supported this work with CSLNet.