Students who do well in high school math classes often end up in remedial math in college. Kansas City Area Education Research Consortium (KC-AERC) will look at math scores, course-taking patterns in high school, college math placement scores and interest in STEM fields to determine why.
Researchers will work with high schools, community colleges and universities.
Some 28 to 42 percent of incoming freshmen place in remedial math nationwide, previous studies have found. “For students wanting to pursue degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions, referral to remedial math courses often spells the end of those dreams,” said Tamera Murdock, a psychology professor at the University of Missouri in Kansas City.