

Preparing for CollegeHigh School CourseTaking Suggestions Although preparing for college is not synonymous with preparing for calculus, high school students planning to enroll in college mathematics, science, or engineering programs should be prepared to take calculus courses in college or an Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus course while still in high school. Schools using the CPMP curriculum with all students report increases in the percentage of students electing to take AP Calculus in high school. These districts often also find that students' scores on the AP Calculus exams administered by the College Board are higher than scores prior to implementing the CorePlus Mathematics Program. (See CPMP School Reports.) The College Board issues a document for high schools that assists schools in developing a strong mathematics program to prepare their students for AP Calculus. A document is available which identifies where the College Board's suggested topics can be found in the CorePlus Mathematics textbooks. Most students attending college do not take calculus courses, but rather take college courses containing algebra and statistics content. The integrated nature of the CorePlus Mathematics curriculum allows districts to prepare their students for the range of mathematics and statistics courses required by college programs. (See Scope and Sequence.) Schools using the CPMP program are reporting increased student enrollments in AP Statistics courses and high passing rates on the College Board AP Statistics test. (See CPMP School Reports.) Preparing for College Placement Tests On a Mathematics Department Placement Test from a large Midwestern university, students completing fieldtest versions of CorePlus Mathematics Courses 1, 2, and 3 plus the precalculus path of Course 4 performed as well as students completing traditional precalculus on basic algebra and advanced algebra subtests and performed better on the calculus readiness subtest. These results would have placed 50.6% of the CorePlus sample into calculus and 39% of the comparison sample into calculus. (See the FAQ.) Acceleration Paths
As you will notice from the models, AP Statistics can be taken the same year as Course 4. This approach allows students to receive an AP credit (college credit) without following an acceleration path. Caution: Students should not replace CorePlus Mathematics Course 4 with an AP Statistics course. Course 4 provides additional formal algebraic skill development needed for college placement tests that is not present in AP Statistic courses. For more information on acceleration methods, you may wish to read the article in Volume 4 Issue 1 of the MathLink newsletter summarizing approaches of several schools to acceleration. 

