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Gains from summer math

December 4, 2011
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An accelerated summer math course for students entering grades 7 through 11 has boosted enrollments and success rates for African-American students in higher-level math courses, according to statistics provided by the program’s creator, Adrian Mims. In a presentation to the School Committee last month, Mims talked about the research around the reasons for low enrollment and the benefits of having calculus by 12th grade when applying for college. The program, now in its fourth year, has increased African-American enrollment and retention in a ninth-grade geometry honors course from seven students to more than 13 since 2005, and for algebra 2 and trigonometry honors, the sophomore course, from four in 2008 to 24 this school year, she said. The African American Scholars’ Calculus Project includes more support services, and is scheduled to allow students to also hold a summer job. - Andreae Downs

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