SLAM

The South Los Angeles Math (SLAM) Project is an intersegmental partnership between Cal State LA, College Bridge, LAUSD, and PLAS. The project aims to increase college graduation rates by preparing students for the rigor of college-level math coursework. The project also seeks to increase the rate of students pursuing STEM fields.

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LA Bridge

The Los Angeles Bridge project builds on the success of the SLAM Project by expanding the curriculum to English and the reach throughout Los Angeles County. The project aims to form intersegmental partnerships between the 5 California State Universities, 21 Community Colleges and 80 school districts in LA County.



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Project Details

overviewOverview

  • A 9-year research study serving 210 LAUSD students during the first three years of Phase 1
  • A partnership between Cal State LA, LAUSD, PLAS and College Bridge
  • Cal State LA professors and high school math teachers co-teach CSULA’s MATH109 (Statistics with Quantitative Reasoning) course on high school campuses
  • Students earning a C or higher receive CSU GEA4 credit and satisfy all math remediation requirements at all 23 CSU campuses

 

goalsProgram Goals

  • Goal #1: decrease the math remediation rate of LAUSD students entering the CSU to 30% (compared to CSULA’s 58.2% average)
  • Goal #2: Increase the college matriculation rate to 70% (vs. LAUSD’s 62% average)
  • Goal #3: Increase the college persistence rate to 80% (compared to CSULA’s 63% average)
  • Goal #4: Increase the percentage of students majoring in STEM fields.
  • Goal #5: Increase students’ use of the Common Core Math Practices.
  • Goal #6: Increase students’ college readiness skills.

 

find_50Student Selection Criteria

  • Must have passed Algebra II with a grade of C or higher
  • Must be a senior with a desire to attend a 4-year university and be on track to graduate with their A-G requirements completed by the end of the school year
  • Must not be eligible to enroll in Calculus

 

growth50Sustainability & Scalability

  • After co-teaching the course, high school teachers are eligible for annual approval to continue teaching Math 109 for college credit.
  • High school teachers must have a Master’s degree and satisfy eligibility criteria as CSULA adjunct faculty members.


 

results_30Results

  • SLAM students demonstrated a 64% increase in Common Core Math Practices.
  • SLAM students have a 24% college math remediation rate.
  • SLAM students report a 92% increase in college readiness skills.

 

piggyFunding

  • Program costs are covered through in-kind donations from the partner institutions.
  • The research study was made possible through a generous grant from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation.

 

future_smallFuture

  • CSULA expanded the SLAM program to a second LAUSD East high school and is now at both Santee Education Complex and Wilson High School. LAUSD’s Eagle Rock High School will launch the program in the fall of 2016.
  • College Bridge releases SLAM Research Reports annually.

overviewOverview

  • An expansion project based on the success of the SLAM Project.
  • A partnership between Cal State LA, LAUSD, PLAS and College Bridge
  • Cal State LA professors and high school English teachers co-teach CSULA’s ENGL 101 (Composition I) course on high school campuses
  • Students earning a C or higher receive CSU GEA1 credit and satisfy all English remediation requirements at all 23 CSU campuses.
  • The college course builds on the CSU’s EWRC curriculum.
  • An elective senior course for motivated students.

 

goalsProgram Goals

  • Goal #1: Decrease the English remediation rate of LAUSD students entering the CSU to 30% (compared to CSULA’s 64.6% average)
  • Goal #2: Increase the college matriculation rate to 70% (vs. LAUSD’s 62% average)
  • Goal #3: Increase the college persistence rate to 80% (compared to CSULA’s 63% average)
  • Goal #4: Increase students’ academic persistence, or “grit.”
  • Goal #5: Form additional intersegmental co-teaching projects with colleges, universities and school districts in Los Angeles County.

 

find_50Student Selection Criteria

  • SLAM students who have demonstrated writing weaknesses have first priority
  • Must be a senior with a desire to attend a 4-year university and be on track to graduate with their A-G requirements completed by the end of the school year
  • Must pass entry writing exam.

 

growth50Sustainability & Scalability

  • After co-teaching the course, high school teachers are eligible for annual approval to continue teaching ENGL 101 for college credit.
  • High school teachers must have a Master’s degree and satisfy eligibility criteria as adjunct faculty members.

 

future_smallFuture

  • The LA Bridge program will follow the SLAM program for implementation throughout LAUSD’s high schools.
  • College Bridge will release annual LA Bridge Research Reports beginning in 2015.