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College Prep Math

December 12, 2018
Wednesday

College Preparatory Math Course (CPMC)

IMPORTANT UPDATES 

Regarding the MOU

All four Institutes of Higher Education (IHEs) have signed an updated Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which lowers students' required course average from 80 to 70 to earn a College Ready designation and be TSI exempt.

Local Education Agencies (LEAs) may submit a signed-updated MOU to Melissa.Morin@esc2.us, the ESC-2 contact who maintains a repository of signed MOUs.

Regarding the Fall 2018 Exam

The fall 2018 exam is complete and has been posted here.

If you are a teacher of CPMC, please contact Steven.Mendoza@esc2.us for the password to the file containing the exam.

 

Background

Students who complete the CPMC and meet the guidelines set out in the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will be considered to be "College Ready" by any Institution of Higher Education in Region 1 or Region 2.

The CPMC is a full credit course designed for students in Grade 12 whose performance on an end-of course assessment instrument or coursework, a college entrance examination, or a Texas Success Initiative assessment instrument, indicate the student is not ready to perform entry-level college coursework.

To be eligible for CPMC participation, students must demonstrate successful completion of Algebra I, Geometry, one additional foundation mathematics credit and meet the passing standard on the Algebra I EOC. With principal approval, Grade 11 students who have met the above requirements may enroll in the CPMC.

Resources

View an FAQ document here. The AVATAR team has compiled answers to frequently asked questions in an FAQ document. The FAQ also includes a sample letter that campuses can send home with students are eligible for the course based on performance data.

The CPMC syllabus has been updated since May 2018, and it is available here

View the complete list of course objectives here

View a suggested sequence of instruction for 2018-2019 here

View previously administered semester exams here.

The mandatory semester exams may be downloaded here.

Excerpts from the MOU

View the updated MOU here, and a list of participating LEAs here. Please note that this list includes only Region 2 LEAs who voluntarily reported an MOU to ESC-2. For LEAs not on the list of participants, the best way to determine  their College Prep MOU status is to contact them directly.

Course Description

College Preparatory Mathematics is a full credit course designed to be a full-year course that prepares students for success in entry-level college courses and/or success on the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment. College Preparatory Mathematics is a rigorous course that will include student learning outcomes and objectives in the following areas: Elementary Algebra and Functions, Intermediate Algebra and Functions, Geometry and Measurement; and Data Analysis, Statistics, and Probability. Credit recovery options are not permitted for this course.

"College Ready" Designation

Students receiving a grade from 70 to 79 in the College Preparatory Mathematics Course will become eligible for Non-Course Based Options (NCBO) at partnering higher education institutions. Students earning 80 or higher will be exempt from the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) at any partnering institution for the period of 24 months after graduation. Successful completion of the course does not guarantee admission to partnering institutions of higher education.

Transcription of Credit

College readiness will be indicated on the high school transcript using the following course codes:

College Preparatory Mathematics – CP111200 (for students receiving a grade of 70-79, a “-N” will be placed next to the final grade on the transcript indicating eligibility for Non-Course Based Options)

College Preparatory Mathematics – CP111200 (for students receiving a grade of 80 and above, no notation will be needed)

 

Role of the AVATAR Team

The Academic Vertical Alignment Training and Renewal (AVATAR) team is a collaboration shared by Region 2 Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) and Local Education Agencies (LEAs) that works to facilitate CPMC implementation. These efforts include:

  • reviewing the outcomes of semester exams,
  • updating the syllabus, and
  • updating the semester exams.

The AVATAR team invites interested Region 2 teachers of College Prep Math to attend meetings and contribute. Contact Janet Cunningham for further details.

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