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Resources and Reports for the Launch Years Initiative

Launch Years is committed to a vision in which…

  • every student learns rigorous and meaningful mathematics. 
  • the mathematics courses in every high school are intentionally designed to propel students to a postsecondary option that will in turn open the way to high value careers. 
  • our nation benefits from a population who has the quantitative reasoning skills to fully participate in the economy and our society.

In support of this vision, the Launch Years Initiative, partner organizations, and others supporting the initiative developed the following reports and other documents.

Major Reports

Course Frameworks

  • Transition to College Mathematics Course Framework and Executive Summary– a framework that provides design principles and student learning outcomes to guide developers who are creating a 12th-grade transition course for students who have not yet met a college-readiness measure in mathematics. Published June 2020.
  • Modern Algebra II Course Framework – a framework that provides the design principles and student learning outcomes, including outcomes related to social, emotional, and academic development that prepare students for success in multiple math pathways. Published May 2021.
  • Data Science Course Framework – a framework that provides the design principles and student learning outcomes, including outcomes related to social, emotional, and academic development, to guide developers in creating a data science course for high school students. Published May 2021.

Tools to Use

Supporting Briefs

  • The Case for Mathematics Pathways – a Dana Center document outlining the benefits of mathematics pathways for our nation’s students. Published March 2019.
  • What Is Rigor in Mathematics Really – a Dana Center brief that explores the meaning of rigor in mathematics education and offers recommendations for its implication in curriculum and instruction. Published 2019.

Research from Community College Research Center