“I am so very tired of my house.” – M-PReP High School Student
In the 2020-21 school year, the Math Pipeline Readiness Project (M-PReP) pivoted to support math teachers and counselors in remote instruction. Professional development and research focused on the implementation and evaluation of remote math instruction in grades 6-12, including the SLAM dual-enrollment intervention program for high school seniors. Research findings are provided for Remote Learning in 6-12 Mathematics (2020-21 cohort), SLAM Dual- Enrollment Outcomes (2020-21 cohort), and College Outcomes (2017-18, 2018-19, and 2019-20 cohorts).
Remote Learning in Grades 6-12 Mathematics
Our general conclusions are that the attitudes around the remote pivot and experiences of the academic year 2020-2021 were stressful for most students and teachers. However, in terms of student learning, approximately three-fourths of students reported that their remote learning experience was generally good. Of the students in grades 6-12 who completed surveys (4,490 in Fall 2020 and 2,510 in Spring 2021), 20% preferred learning math online to in-person and would choose this modality in the future. This statistic was similar for undergraduate college students pre-pandemic.
SLAM Dual-Enrollment Outcomes
Participation in dual-enrollment courses, as well as pass rates, held with 439 students during the campus closures. The aggregate pass rate of 84% in 2020-21 was the same as the average pass rate from the previous seven years of implementation. A trend continued with SLAM STEM students outperforming SLAM Statistics students.
College course-level data were attained for 222 SLAM alumni who graduated high school in 2018, 2019, or 2020. Of these alumni, 80% passed a college-level math course with a grade of C- or higher. The outcomes below are disaggregated by SLAM course and college math pathway.
SLAM Stats alumni outperformed STEM alumni in college calculus. While the population of students taking college calculus is small, previous reports found similar outcomes in college STEM math pathways for both SLAM Stats and SLAM STEM alumni. These findings suggest that a positive experience in any dual-enrollment math may impact future college STEM outcomes.
Initial trends for 1-Year College Return rates for SLAM alumni for the Classes of 2018 and 2019 continue to be positive, matching or outpacing the national 4-year average.