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San Antonio Express News Article July 2010 WHEN FEDERAL STIMULUS MONEY WAS FLOWING LAST SESSION, TEXAS LAWMAKERS DEDICATED $9 MILLION TO REMEDIAL REFORM. IN THE UPCOMING SESSION, THEY FACE AN $18 BILLION SHORTFALL. Additional Article Comments • “Developmental education is a huge expense when it doesn’t have to be,” said Castro, D-San Antonio. • “The lack of college readiness begins in K-12 classrooms, and state lawmakers have made major changes aimed at beefing up the rigors of coursework.” • Richard Middleton, superintendent of the North East Independent School District, said it’s time for higher education to step up to the plate The Road to Remediation in Math Math placement is given for Algebra courses. The results from this placement exam will determine if student is placed into remediation or regular, credit baring math courses. Students Who Are College Ready for Math at the Time of Freshman Orientation Orientation Term Total # of Students Overall NCR Status NCR Status in Math CR Status Math Ready in Math Fall 2008 (200910) 4626 1173 716 457 39% Fall 2009 (201010) 4585 1021 649 372 36% Fall 2010 (201110) 5178 915 573 342 37% College Readiness in math determinants in Texas and UTSA ACT/SAT or TAKS exit level scores at the time of admittance determine if an incoming student is exempt Texas Success Initiative. What is the Texas Success Initiative? Why is it important in terms of remediation and working with students and faculty? Remediation or Developmental Education in Texas The Texas Success Initiative is law in the state of Texas. First time Freshman who have not met exemption standards per the ACT/SAT or TAKS test must take and pass a TSI exam such as Accuplacer, Compass, ASSET or THEA at certain levels in reading/math and writing in order to continue on regular, credit bearing courses. If a student fails to pass certain minimum TSI exam cut scores, those students are placed in remediation or development. Texas Success Initiative History The 78th Texas Legislature replaced TASP by the Texas Success Initiative (TSI). Under the Texas Success Initiative, Texas public institutions of higher education are required to assess the academic skills of each entering undergraduate student to determine the readiness of the student to enroll in freshman-level course work. For students failing to meet the assessment standards, the institution may refer the student to developmental course work. Exemption Standards ACT, SAT and TAKS ACT composite of 23 (without the essay portion) with subscores of 19 or greater provides exemption on the TSI. SAT composite of 1070 (without the essay portion) with subscores of 500 or greater provides exemption on the TSI. TAKS Math and ELA of 2200 or greater with 3 on the essay portion. Texas Success “gray areas” in Math Students may pass the minimum cut-off standards on a TSI exam such as Accuplacer math (63) but fall into a “gray area” that needs more assessment (63-84). When students fall into “gray areas” and need further assessment math placement is required by the University of Texas at San Antonio. Math Placement Initial Pass Data Year Algebra Participants Pass Rates Algebra (1st) Algebra 2nd Attempt Participants Pass Rates 2nd Attempt 2007 - 2008 2087 28% 471 49% 2008 - 2009 1994 29% 469 52% 2009-2010 2365 25% 525 43% PreCalculus/Calculus Data Year Participants 1st Attempt Pass Rates 2nd Attempt Participants 2nd Attempt Rates 2007 - 2008 1290 47% 257 38% 2008 - 2009 1375 51% 295 33% 2009 - 2010 1296 55% 285 37% Algebra Placement 2500 2000 1500 02xx 1023 1073 1000 500 0 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 Initial Algebra Placement 1800 1600 1400 1200 1000 02xx 1023 1073 800 600 400 200 0 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 Algebra Placement Retest 350 300 250 200 02xx 1023 1073 150 100 50 0 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 Partnership to Accelerate Remediation Math professor had an idea to offer Boot Camps and had first had knowledge of the skills our students needed to build. Testing Services Office administered, collected the fee for the math placement exam and held the data for the placement and TSI exams. Math department agreed to provide the teacher and tutors and Testing provided the funding, advertising, registration and other logistical set-up (room reservations) for the Boot Camps. Math Boot Camp 2008 79 Participants 19% Gained 1 level 40% Gained 2 levels 43 Improved 7 Did not retest +2 levels +1 level No improvement Did not retest Math Boot Camp +3 levels +2 levels +1 level No improvement Did not retest 2009 106 Participants 51% Gained 1 level 28% Gained 2 levels 1% Gained 3 levels 72 Improved 16 Did not retest Math Boot Camp 2010 46 Participants 28% Gained 1 level 52% Gained 2 levels 38 Improved 8 No improvement +3 levels +2 levels +1 level No improvement Resources •My Math Test (Pearson) software Advertisement Example Is Math Boot Camp for you? •If you achieved a lower score/course placement on your UTSA New Algebra test than you believe you are capable, refresh your skills and knowledge with Math Boot Camp taught by Dr. Carol Dyas, UTSA College of Mathematics faculty member. •This camp is designed for students who placed into developmental courses (MAT 0203 or 0213). •Camp participation should be prior to taking the alternate math placement test in order to maximize the opportunity to be placed in a higher level math course. •Camp sessions are: July 12-15 or August 3-6; (9 am – 4 pm each day) •To register, log on to ASAP, choose Testing Services link, continue to Register for a Test Session, choose Math Boot Camp and select a session. Be sure to print confirmation pages. •There is no cost for the camp. However, participants must pay for their own parking and lunches. •Spaces are limited! The need is high. Therefore, registration on ASAP is first come, first serve with no waiting list available. IS 1403 B U S I N E S S I N F O R M AT I O N S Y S T E M S F L U E N C Y IS 1403 Business Information Systems Fluency Word processing, spreadsheets, data management, and presentation graphics Mandated course by UT System Requirement for admission to COB Many students have prior experience myitlab Web-based course using MS Office simulation (myitlab) as platform for both course and test-out option Access Code Packet available at UTSA bookstore or online Runs on the Internet, no CD necessary IS 1403 Test-Out Option Collaboration between COB and Testing Services Register software, then practice Schedule first appointment Identification and disclaimer One-time payment Four (4) tests Overall average of 70% myitlab Practice Lessons and Practice Tests for each module Exam covering the practice material for each module Online support available to students Student results stored within myitlab myitlab www.myitlab.com How would I do this at my school? Identify the appropriate course Partner with the course faculty Identify the skills being assessed Choose a simulation/testing platform myitlab (Pearson - Julianne Peterson, Sales Director, 281-989-1201) SAM (Cenage – Rick Ungerman, Executive Sales Rep, 210-834-1363) SimNet (Irwin – Ray Lesikar, Senior Account Mgr, 512-261-7039)