K-12 to Higher Education Alignment

Hawai‘i P-20 is focused on increasing alignment between K-12 and higher education by fostering the alignment of expectations in content and practices as defined by the Common Core State Standards, and by supporting the development of a statewide definition of College, Career, and Community Readiness. By nurturing cross-agency partnerships and leveraging multiple funding sources, Hawai‘i P-20 continuously engages in a broad array of activities supporting the aforementioned goals. Through a series of alignment summits focused on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Smarter Balanced Assessments, and the allocation of regional alignment grants, Hawai‘i P-20 strives to increase student success throughout the educational pipeline, easing the transition for students from high school to college and career.

Introduction to College Math
This year, an “Introduction to College Mathematics” course was offered at four HIDOE high schools:  Farrington, Kapa’a, Pearl City and Waialua and designed to transition high school seniors to entry level math courses at the University of Hawai‘i without need for remedial coursework or additional placement testing. Students who were identified in the 11th grade as not being college/career ready in mathematics were enrolled in this inaugural course as high school seniors. Successful completion of the course with a B or better enabled those students to move directly to one of three entry level courses within the UH System (Math 100, 111, or 115). While the content of the course was strongly influenced by the skills needed to be successful in college math, the course curriculum was grounded in the growth mindset work pioneered by Dr. Carol Dweck. The course also required students to apply their math skills in a variety of real world activities including financial literacy and entrepreneurial planning.

Due to its success, ten additional schools have signed up for the program expansion in SY16-17. Currently, the impact of the program is being evaluated on student outcomes including graduation, college enrollment, and grades earned in college-level math. Initial results are expected in Fall 2016.