Many of the graduates entering college from New York’s Hampton Bays High School in 2011 weren’t ready for higher education math.
At neighboring Suffolk County Community College, 68 percent of the first-year students from Hampton Bays had to take remedial math.
“These numbers were horrifying to us and created a real sense of urgency,” says Denise Sullivan, the assistant superintendent for curriculum at the Hampton Bays Schools.
Sullivan approached the college president to discuss the problem and forged an innovative partnership.
In an uncommon move, Sullivan and the chair of the mathematics department at the college created a high school course that mirrors the remedial class that students deficient in math have to take when they start college.
The college was “thrilled.” “Nobody else was taking this approach,” Sullivan says. The college had found that only 20 percent of the students who entered in need of developmental courses went on to graduate.
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