High School to College Mathematics Pathways: Preparing Students for the Future

Hyatt Regency, Reston, VA, May 5–7, 2019

The Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences (CBMS), working in collaboration with the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas, Austin and Achieve, will be holding a Forum to initiate a multi-state effort directed at bridging the gaps between high school and college mathematics.

The Forum is designed to develop and support state-based task forces working to coordinate efforts across grades 11–14. The ultimate goal is to help states create policies and practices for mathematics instruction that contribute to successful completion without reducing quality. To be truly effective, such a task force will need to be representative of all interests across the state including business and industry as well as those who shape educational policy and those who implement it at both high school and post-secondary levels, including both two- and four-year institutions. The full task force will probably have twenty or more members. The Forum is intended to work with a smaller team of six to eight individuals who will provide the leadership for the task force.

CBMS is the umbrella organization for the professional societies in mathematics, spanning pure and applied mathematics and statistics and including practitioners of the mathematical sciences in education (both PreK-12 and post-secondary), research, business, and industry. Over the past decade, these societies have come to agreement on a series of issues with direct relevance to mathematics education in grades 11–14, the critical transition over which so many students stumble. The Forum is designed to prepare state-based teams to build structures that draw on the expertise of the Dana Center and for these societies to facilitate dialogue among stakeholders.

Teams will be asked to apply to participate in the Forum. Application forms will be due by November 1, 2018, with notice of acceptance sent in early December. Thanks to sponsorship from the Teagle Foundation and expected support from the National Science Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation of New York, CBMS anticipates covering the hotel expenses for up to six team members from up to 25 states. Up to two additional team members per state and individuals who are interested in the Forum may also attend at their own expense. Airfare and other travel expenses will be the responsibility of the participants.

To ensure that those who might apply to attend the CBMS Forum on High School to College Mathematics Pathways, May 5–7, 2019, either individually or as part of a team, are aware of who else from their state is also considering an application, please let us know if you might interested in applying by clicking the button below. If you are ready to apply, please see the Application Materials Page.