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Improving the Transition to College: Estimating the Impact of High School Transition Courses on Short-Term College Outcomes

Date and Time: November 12, 2015 1:45–3:15 PM
Location: Miami, FL
Venue: Hyatt Regency | Tuttle Center

In recent years, transition courses have garnered considerable interest as one way of improving students' academic transition to college and reducing the need for remediation in a cost-effective manner. Transition courses are courses delivered during the senior year of high school to help students who are not college ready in math and English become college ready in these subjects by the end of their senior year. Though popular, the effectiveness of these courses is not well studied.

This paper uses regression discontinuity and difference-in-differences approaches to estimate the impact of mathematics transition course participation from a statewide implementation on initial college readiness and passing a gatekeeper course in the first year of college. Preliminary findings suggest math transition course participation had a negative impact on students' early college math outcomes.


Lara Pheatt

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