Among the educational disciplines, mathematics is perhaps most consistently viewed as the most challenging. National education discussions tend to center on the need to improve performance in the area of mathematics. According to a news release from MCC, “The need to improve student math skills is no secret in Arizona. Only 40% of elementary, middle school, and high school students passed the math portion of the AzMerit standardized test during the 2016-2017 school year, according to the Arizona Department of Education.”
To address low math scores, MCC implemented a new transitional math program which is seeing tremendous success. The program was put in place to help students ramp up to college level courses if they didn’t come out of high school with the ability to engage in college-level mathematics. “The percentage of students successfully completing transitional math courses jumped from 62% in the Fall semester of 2016 to 88% in 2017. For students taking 15-week courses, the success rate jumped from 68% to 91%,” according to the news release.
MCC utilized a computer-based math program along with extending more staff support to guide students toward success. The program extended beyond campuses to include online students, who also saw impressive gains in their scores. For online students, scores increased from 45% to 84% within the same time frame. MCC board members and administrators were elated with the results. Board Trustee Judy Selberg said, “For online pass rates to jump from 45% to 84% is incredible.”
MCC is a tremendous asset to our community, providing opportunities for the advancement of careers and lives. Mohave County is one of the poorest counties in the nation and Arizona and, unfortunately, ranks among the lowest in the nation on several key metrics of educational success.