The Tennessee Math Alignment Group, composed of 25 math educators and advocates from across the state, has launched an effort to identify learning gaps for students between high school and college mathematics and make policy recommendations to bridge them.
The group will review data and explore areas of opportunity before first presenting its recommendations to the Tennessee Department of Education and the State Board of Education regarding the direction of high school mathematics in Tennessee. The Tennessee Math Alignment Group’s initial focus will be strengthening the alignment of both math standards and mathematics courses between high school and college to ensure that students are better prepared for college and career success. Its review will include the sequencing of high school math classes for students heading to postsecondary classrooms of all types. Their recommendations will heavily influence the next periodic review cycle for K-12 mathematics standards set to begin this fall.
The group was established by a facilitation team representing the state Department of Education, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and the Tennessee Board of Regents. The initiative grew out of a multi-state High School to College Math Pathways Forum hosted in May by the Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences (CBMS).
After the forum, the Tennessee team developed an action plan, established the Tennessee Math Alignment Group and broadened its membership to a total of 25 math teachers, administrators and advocates representing K-12 and higher education. The group convened Tuesday for the first time.
“Tennessee Math Alignment Group will develop policy recommendations for both K-12 and higher education to help address the gaps and inconsistencies that exist in our current system,” said Dr. Robert Denn, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs at the Tennessee Board of Regents, a member of TMAG’s facilitation team. “Tennessee has the opportunity to be a national leader in this work as we prepare many more students for postsecondary success.
“TMAG represents all interests across the state, from those who shape educational policy to those who teach in both K-12 and college classrooms. I’m grateful to the educators and advocates who agreed to help in this critical work by volunteering their time and expertise as members of this task force,” Denn said.
The Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences is an umbrella organization of 18 professional societies whose primary objectives are the increase or diffusion of knowledge in the mathematical sciences. The High School to College Mathematics Forum hosted by CBMS in May focused on three issues: responding to the changing role of mathematics in the economy, ensuring college readiness today and tomorrow, and articulating the mathematical pathways that will serve all students.
The Charles A. Dana Center of The University of Texas at Austin is assisting CBMS with its high school to college math collaboration. The Dana Center develops and scales mathematics and science education innovations to support educators, administrators and policy makers in creating seamless transitions throughout K-12 and college for all students, especially those who have historically been underserved.
Members of the Tennessee Math Alignment Group are:
The College System of Tennessee is the state’s largest public higher education system, with 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology and the online TN eCampus serving approximately 140,000 students. The system is governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents.