In September 2010, funding was received from the National Science
Foundation to develop, field test, refine, and bring to publication
a new course, Transition to College Mathematics and Statistics (TCMS).
This problem-based, inquiry-oriented, fourth-year high school mathematics
course is intended for students who do not plan to major in the mathematical,
physical, or biological sciences or engineering.
The development of TCMS involved a collaborative effort among the author team, an international advisory
board, and content and evaluation specialists.
The TCMS course is designed for the large number of students
planning to major in college programs that do not require
calculus. For these students, many school districts have
little to offer as a transition to college mathematics and
statistics, other than a precalculus course. Many of these
students opt out of mathematics their senior year. But data
show that students who are not enrolled in a mathematics
course their senior year are much more likely to be placed
in a remedial (non-credit bearing) course upon admission
to college. In some schools, students may elect to take a
statistics or discrete mathematics course—courses that
frequently do not provide the mathematical content to be
successful on current college placement tests.
course consists of the eight units:
- Unit 1 Interpreting Categorical Data
- Unit 2 Functions Modeling Change
- Unit 3 Counting Methods
- Unit 4 Mathematics of Financial
- Unit 5 Binomial Distributions and Statistical Inference
- Unit 6 Informatics
- Unit 7 Spatial Visualization and Representations
- Unit 8 Mathematics of Democratic Decision-Making
The Transition to College Mathematics and Statistics course
provides an effective way of addressing the needs of schools
in increasing numbers of states requiring four years of
high school mathematics, including a course beyond algebra
II or its equivalent. It will also provide an effective way of helping
schools meet the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), particularly
the Mathematical Practices standards.
For states or school districts that do not have a four-year mathematics
requirement, it is anticipated that the TCMS course content, with
its realistic problems and projects and relevant applications and
appropriate use of technology tools, will stimulate more college-intending
students to elect a fourth year of mathematics.
The TMCS course is designed as a capstone course for both conventional
and integrated high school mathematics programs. Students who complete
three high school mathematics courses designed to meet the CCSS together
with the proposed TCMS course will be well-prepared for two-year or
four-year college programs that do not require calculus and also for
training programs leading to career-level jobs.
A companion suite of mathematical and statistical software
tools, called TCMS-Tools, is freely available for Transition to
College Mathematics and Statistics.
Transition to College Mathematics and Statistics is being
published by McGraw-Hill
Education in both print and digital formats. Contact your local
McGraw-Hill representative for further details.