SLAM

The South Los Angeles Math (SLAM) Project is an intersegmental partnership between Cal State LA, College Bridge, LAUSD, and Alliance College-Ready Public Schools. The project aims to increase college graduation rates by preparing students for the rigor of college-level math coursework.

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.



Need and Project Results


Project Details

overviewOverview

  • A partnership between Cal State LA, LAUSD, Alliance Charter Schools and College Bridge
  • Cal State LA professors and high school math teachers co-teach CSULA’s MATH1090 (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: Increase college math readiness rate entering the CSU to 70% (compared to 33% baseline*)
  • Goal #2: Increase college access rate to 80% (compared to 54% baseline*)
  • Goal #3: Increase year 1 to year 2 college persistence rate to 80% (compared to 72% baseline**)
  • Goal #4: Increase year 2 to year 3 college persistence rate to 80% (compared to 63% baseline**)
  • Goal #5: Increase students’ use of the Common Core Math Practices by 50% (compared to 18% baseline***)

* baseline is the average CSU math readiness rate of the schools we serve.
**based on Cal State LA’s persistence rates.
***based on SLAM pre- and post-assessments.


 

find_50Student Selection Criteria

  • Must have passed Algebra II with a grade of C or higher
  • Must have a GPA between 2.3 and 4.0
  • Must have SBAC score of 2 or 3
  • 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 have teacher recommendation
  • Must attend parent/student orientation
  • Must apply

 

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

  • 73% of SLAM students demonstrate college math readiness.
  • 91% of SLAM students attend college
  • 93% persist in college from year one to year two.
  • 81% persist from year two to year three.
  • SLAM students demonstrate a 64% increase in Common Core Math Practices.

 

piggyFunding

  • The program is possible through in-kind donations from the university partners and program fees paid by participating high schools.
  • The research study was made possible through a generous grant from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation.

 

future_smallFuture

  • The SLAM program is expanding to CSUDH in the 2017-2018 school year.
  • A STEM pathway will launch in the 2017-2018 school year.
  • 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.