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Across the country, it's far too common that high school graduates are ill-prepared for the type of mathematics they will encounter in college. And too often, well-intentioned efforts to transform high school mathematics have lacked connectivity to the trends in higher education and the changing needs of today's workforce.

What can we do to ensure our students are ready for college math?

The Launch Years Initiative

Students’ success in college is greatly influenced by the mathematics they learn, how they learn it, and how they see themselves as a learner and doer of mathematics. It is time to better align the mathematics courses and expectations from high school to postsecondary education.

The Dana Center's Launch Years Initiative seeks to user in a new paradigm for college readiness in mathematics through multiple, flexible high school course pathways. These pathways are specifically designed to better prepare students—particularly those who are underrepresented and from low-income backgrounds —for the mathematics required in college.

The Launch Years Toolkit

The Mathematics Launch Years Toolkit consists of briefs intended to support districts and higher education systems in streamlining students’ transition from high school to college. The “mathematics launch years” courses in high school refer to the mathematics courses that follow Algebra I and Geometry or their equivalent courses. In launch years courses, students explore mathematics pathways aligned to their programs of study and career aspirations.

Launch Years Brief 1

The first brief in the Launch Years Toolkit examines the changing definitions of college readiness and practices in higher education mathematics that have a positive impact on student completion.

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Launch Years Brief 2

This brief provides a process to facilitate the complex task of developing learning objectives for a mathematics transition course offered in the last year of high school.

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Launch Years Brief 3

This brief is intended to support the efforts of K-12 and higher education systems level leaders and mathematics faculty leaders to improve K-16 alignment.

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