Transitioning to college algebra can be difficult for students who have average math skills, but need to take the required course to continue in their college major or certification area.
Recently, a pilot program was added to curriculums of about 50 high schools in Kansas. “Transition to College Algebra” is easing the entry to college algebra from high school math, allowing students to have a leg up on passing a difficult college requirement. The new course is being offered because approximately one third of students who wish to enroll in two and four year colleges in Kansas do not make a high enough score on the ACT or college placement tests to enroll in college algebra class.
Without the preparation of a transitional course, the students must take expensive remedial courses in college, which cost money and delay other coursework. Remedial classes cannot be paid with student loans.
Malik Novotony-Carter, a Salina Central senior said he was needed to take the course “because I didn’t do good in algebra.”
“It’s not like a regular class, where they’d just be writing on the board and don’t explain it,” he said. “This is more student based. Mr. Todd does a lot more explaining so you understand it better.”