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The proportion of California 11th graders who have taken at least the math courses they need to be eligible for admissions to the state's 4-year universities has increased from 35% in 2003 to 49% in 2010, according to a new issue brief released today by EdSource.
In California's Math Pipeline: Many Routes Through and Around College Prep Courses, an EdSource analysis of state testing data also documents wide variations in students progress in math in 2010 based on ethnicity, with Asian students twice as likely as African Americans to reach at least the Algebra II benchmark by their junior years.
(The 2011 data released this fall shows that the proportion of 11th graders who have taken at least Algebra II increased to 51%.)
The brief is the third in a series EdSource has published this fall. Along with the course-taking analysis, it spotlights the limitations of state testing data in providing a clear understanding of how students proceed through college-preparatory math courses and how many graduate ready to successfully take college level math courses. Download it free from our website.
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These EdSource briefs were prepared with input and advice from the California STEM Learning Network (CSLNet). EdSource thanks the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation for the project grant that supported this work with CSLNet.
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