Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Seneca College’s Math Project Shows Higher Grades in Ontario

Mathematics

Ontario’s college students are getting better at math.

A new report released by Seneca’s College Mathematics Project (CMP) shows that Ontario’s college students are getting better at mathematics.

The CMP reported that 68.6% of students earned an A, B or C in mathematics during their first-semester in college, while 31.4% were deemed “at risk” with a D or F, or withdrew from the course. These good grades are up from 67.0% in 2009 and 64.6% in 2008.

The CMP is a collaborative program that tracks the performance of first-year math students in college, while seeking solutions to improve the province’s grades.

“The CMP is a tremendous undertaking that is a key part of our effort to improve the success of Ontario’s students,” said David Agnew, Seneca College President.

“I’m encouraged that through collaboration, we are now starting to see some movement towards increasingly positive outcomes.”

In the past year, the CMP has identified 3 key points to focus on:

  • A broader forum to discuss student success from kindergarten through to post-secondary education
  • More communication and aligned curriculum between schools and colleges
  • Integrating foundational “learning skills” to prepare students for higher education

In 2004, the CMP project began by studying 500 students at Seneca College. Since then, they have expanded across the province, to all 24 colleges and 72 district school boards in Ontario, to study 95,000 students.

Schools mentioned: Seneca College

Ryan Leclaire
Author: Ryan Leclaire
Ryan has been writing for 7 years and has been featured in Chatelaine, Canadian Living and Cottage life.
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