Georgia

Georgia was the first state to establish a math task force in collaboration with the Dana Center. This work inspired the Dana Center's work in other states.

In January 2013, the Charles A. Dana Center began work with the University System of Georgia (USG) to establish a systemwide task force to address the role of mathematics in college completion. The formal charge of the task force was to dramatically increase student success rates in gateway mathematics courses without compromising the integrity of the mathematics content. In July 2013, the Task Force on the Role of Mathematics in College Completion published eight recommendations for math pathways at scale. This work was also supported by Complete College America.

In September 2013, an ad hoc steering committee, appointed by USG, was charged with leading the state-level action-planning efforts for the recommendations. Over the following year, an implementation plan was drafted and vetted; it was published in February 2014. The target for implementation of the systemwide recommendations at scale was Fall 2015, with some institutions starting in Fall 2014.

As of Spring 2016, all systemwide recommendations, with the exception of the Math Placement Index (MPI), have been implemented at scale throughout the system.

In May 2016, task force members Malcolm Adams and German Vargas presented early indicators of success for math pathways in Georgia in a webinar, A Gateway to College: Rethinking Postsecondary Mathematics, hosted by The Opportunity Institute and LearningWorks. The webinar also described state-level planning to implementation efforts from 2013 to present.

Success Rates in Gateway Course by Area of Remediation
Academic Area Fall 2011, Prerequisite remediation within 2 years Fall 2015, Corequisite in 1 term
Math Only 26% 69%
English Only 36% 73%
Both 16% 63%
All (Total Remedial) 24% 70%

Our Work at the State Level

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