Archive for December 4th, 2007

Enhancing Math Knowledge Through CTE

December 04th, 2007 | Category: College Readiness, Research

There is an interesting study on the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education (NRCCTE) site. It tracks the effect of teaching enhanced math lessons in CTE courses. The results were pretty impressive. To quote the study, “After 1 year of exposure to the math-enhanced lessons, the students in the experimental classrooms performed significantly better on the TerraNova and ACCUPLACER tests of math ability.”

This interested me because TSTC Waco and Waco Independent School District have been working together on a CTE math course specifically designed to raise the college entrance test scores for high school students who have already passed the TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills - more on the gap between high school exit and college entrance another time). The idea was to base the course on the math portion of the college entrance test (Accuplacer and THEA). Technology teachers provided projects from their classes that would match the entrance test objectives.

Eventually it will come together in a course called “Analytical Integrated Mathematics” (AIM). Secondary CTE or Math teachers wishing to teach AIM will be required to take the approved teacher training that is being developed along with the course. It will be piloted in a number of school districts across Texas next year. The hope is that we will see big improvements in acceptable placement scores. If the outcome is good, AIM might wind up being certified state-wide as a fourth-year math (the legislature just passed a law requiring four years of math).

I’ll keep you posted.

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