The SLAM Project
Schools Linked and Aligned in Mathematics
The SLAM (Schools Linked and Aligned in Mathematics) Project provides equitable access to rigorous college-level math courses for those high school students who otherwise lack such access due to under-preparation or a lack of availability. SLAM also creates systemic alignment for mathematics between high schools and community colleges, thus ensuring that all students who graduate from partner high schools are more likely to be accepted to college and experience successful college careers.
To date, 84% (N = 1,889) of underprepared high school students who have participated in earlier phases of SLAM have earned college-level math credit. The program has a transformational effect on students, high school faculty and staff, as well as on schools as a system. Students who are deemed underprepared for college-level math are provided multiple levels of entry to a college-level math course. In addition to earning college math credit, students cite the experience of a college class while in high school as instrumental in preparing them for their transition to college.
The program also impacts administrators, counselors, and teachers as they learn the metrics used by their local colleges and universities to measure college readiness and how to offer opportunities and advisement to students so they can attain college readiness. Transformation also happens systemically, with the program requiring revised math course offerings and pathways at the high school that align to students’ post-secondary goals. To better illustrate the program and its promise, the following sections detail the evolution of SLAM from Fall 2013 to the present.
The South Los Angeles Math (SLAM) Project launched a Statistics pilot in partnership with LAUSD and Cal State LA. Over three years 165 students from three high schools participated, with a pass rate of 77%, outperforming Cal State LA's rate of 71%.
Phase 3 launched a new pilot with California's Community Colleges in California's rural Central Valley. The new pilot provided three versions of SLAM: (1) a pre-requisite model, (2) a co-requisite model, and (3) a traditional college-level course
Now titled Schools Linked and Aligned in Mathematics, College Bridge is expanding the Community College models for both STEM and non-STEM pathways for up to 8 new community college partners and 16 high schools.