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Adding It Up

Friday, December 18, 2009

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Community colleges are playing a growing role in American higher education. They’re taking more students than ever, due to the weak economy and the high cost of four-year colleges. But ...

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'Adding It Up' Part 4: Take the Test

Friday, December 18, 2009

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There are two hurdles to completing remedial math at LaGuardia Community College: passing the class, and passing an assessment known as COMPASS.

Students need to score at least a 60 in the class in order to take COMPASS. Technically, ...

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'Adding It Up' Part 4: I'm Not Ready for College Algebra. Are You?

Friday, December 18, 2009

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Students who don't pass the COMPASS test when they enroll in CUNY's community colleges are assigned to remedial math. They can avoid the assessment if they scored at least a 75 on their Math Regents or above 480 on ...

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'Adding it Up' Part 4: How They Scored

Thursday, December 17, 2009

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Getting out of remedial math is a two-step process at CUNY’s community colleges. Students have to get a 60% average in their class, and they have to pass an assessment known as COMPASS.

At LaGuardia Community College, 32 ...

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'Adding It Up' Part 3: Breaking it Down

Monday, December 07, 2009

'Do not skip the steps! Do not skip the steps. Go step by step.'

The students in Professor Jorge Perez's remedial algebra class, at LaGuardia Community College, hear these words a lot.

For most of these students, math is challenging -- even frightening. They all failed an assessment ...

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'Adding It Up' Part 2: How to Keep an 'A'

Thursday, October 29, 2009

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The students in Professor Jorge Perez’s math class will be taking their midterm next week. It will cover systems of linear equations, exponents, and polynomials. The class has shrunk since our first report, when 29 students ...

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Meet the Class of 'Adding It Up'

Monday, October 05, 2009

WNYC’s Beth Fertig is visiting a Math 096 class at the City University of New York’s LaGuardia Community College. The school is located in Long Island City, Queens and has students from more than 160 countries. The class we’re profiling is taught by Professor Jorge Perez, a native of Chile ...

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'Adding It Up' Part 1: 'The Hurdle of Remedial Math at a Community College'

Monday, October 05, 2009

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Community colleges serve almost half of all college students in the nation. Graduation rates are low, hovering around 30% after 3 years, and a majority of students need remedial help, especially in math. This is the case in New York City where community colleges ...

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