[Curriculum Directors] FW: Changes to Concurrent Enrollment Math Placement 2016

Bostic, Kristi Kristi.Bostic at schools.utah.gov
Thu Apr 21 16:08:27 MDT 2016


Dear Curriculum Directors:
Below is information about the changes in math placement for  Concurrent Enrollment  students starting the 2016-17 school year.
FY2016-17 Concurrent Enrollment (CE) Math Placement/April 2016

This document provides information about placing students into Concurrent Enrollment (CE) Math courses.  Please review this information carefully. If you have questions, contact your local college CE Director, Cyd Grua (801-321-7152, cgrua at ushe.edu)<mailto:cgrua at ushe.edu)>, or Moya Kessig (801-538-7742, moya.kessig at schools.utah.gov)<mailto:moya.kessig at schools.utah.gov)>.

MATH III REQUIRED. Students must complete Secondary Math I, II, and III to qualify to take any concurrent enrollment Math course.  Although State Board of Education Rule allows for parental opt out of Secondary Math III, the Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) adopted system-wide recommendations<http://higheredutah.org/high-school-math-critical-to-completion/> that students complete the three-course Secondary Math sequence to be ready for college level Math courses (see http://higheredutah.org/high-school-math-critical-to-completion/).


"C" AVERAGE IN HIGH SCHOOL MATH COURSES.  Effective Fall 2016, students may qualify to enroll in MATH 1010 by completing Secondary Math I, II, and III with an average grade of "C" or better in each class. For example, if a student earns four term grades of B, B, C-, and B in a Secondary Math course, the average is a B-.

Students may still use ACT Math or Accuplacer scores to place into CE Math courses:

*      MATH 1010 -  students may place based on the "C" average grades in Secondary Math I, II, and III as noted above OR the ACT Math or Accuplacer score required by the institution offering the course.

*      Quantitative Literacy (QL) MATH 1030, 1040, and 1050 - students must have both the "C" average grades in Secondary Math I, II, and III AND meet the ACT Math or Accuplacer score required by the offering institution.

NEW CUT SCORES.  Check the CE Master List or speak with your USHE institution CE director for changes in both the ACT Math and Accuplacer scores needed for enrollment into CE Math courses.  MATH 1050 still requires an ACT Math score of 23; however, some USHE institutions have adjusted the ACT Math score for 1010, 1030, and 1040. NOTE: SLCC also require minimum reading scores for math classes.

THREE MATH QL OPTIONS.  USHE encourages students to take the Math QL course that best fits what they hope to study in college. Below find a short list of representative subjects that generally align with the different QL courses. Check the CE Master List for QL courses offered by each institution. For additional guidance in selecting a Math QL, speak with an academic advisor at the institution you plan to attend after graduation.

QL Course

Description

Appropriate for study in:

MATH 1030
Intro to Quantitative Reasoning

Covers a broad scope of mathematical topics as they apply to real-world problems.  Topics include reasoning and number sense, using percents and estimations, math for finance matters such as loans and investments, probability and statistics, and modeling. MATH 1030 may be the last Math class you take in college.


*   English / Languages

*   Fine Arts

*   Humanities

*   Performing Arts

MATH 1040
Intro to Statistics

Includes descriptive and inferential statistical methods. Topics include sampling design, descriptive statistics, linear regression and correlation, probability, sampling distributions, and hypothesis testing and confidence intervals. MATH 1040 may be the last Math class you take in college.


*   History

*   Nursing

*   Psychology

*   Social Sciences

MATH 1050
College Algebra

An in-depth exploration of algebra topics designed to ultimately prepare students for Calculus or further education courses. Topics include functions, including polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic; systems of equations; matrices and determinants; partial fraction decomposition; conics; and sequences and series. MATH 1050 is the first Math class you will likely take in a math-intensive college major.


*   Business

*   Biological & Physical Sciences

*   Engineering

*   Education


REGENTS' SCHOLARSHIP AND MATH 1010. Math 1010 alone does not count toward fulfilling the four progressive math credits required for the Regents' Scholarship. If students take Math 1010, they must then complete CE Math 1030, 1040 or 1050 the following high school semester to be eligible for the scholarship. CE Math 1010 is recommended only if the student cannot place directly into Math 1030, 1040 or 1050 after completing Secondary Math III. For more information regarding the scholarship requirements see the Regents' Scholarship Program Guide (www.regentsscholarship.org<http://www.regentsscholarship.org/>).


Moya Kessig, Early College and Gifted and Talented Specialist
Utah State Office of Education
Teaching and Learning
Phone:  801-538-7742

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