The Transition Mathematics Project (TMP) (2004-2009) was a public-private partnership designed to help students in Washington state successfully progress from high school math to college-level math. TMP identified the math skills and knowledge high school graduates need to complete college-level work, meet minimum admission requirements and avoid remediation upon enrolling in college. The project was coordinated by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC), the Council of Presidents, and the Higher Education Coordinating Board, with SBCTC serving as the lead agency.
The College Readiness Math Standards, released in March 2006, were developed by teachers and faculty from high schools, community colleges, and universities working together. The standards are competency-based statements about what a student needs to know and be able to do in order to successfully transition to entry-level college (i.e., any postsecondary-level education, not just baccalaureate institutions) coursework in math or other studies requiring an understanding of math.
Phase I of the project developed the standards while Phase II focused on local implementation efforts and a statewide effort to address placement issues. Fifteen local K-12/higher education partnerships around the state focused on the development of curricula and teaching strategies, with the long-term goal of improving student preparation for college-level work in math, evidenced by a lessening of the need for remedial math and placement into higher level math-related coursework in college. The state-level work in Phase II addressed placement through a math “college readiness” test. This measure was designed to improve the existing math placement testing process by aligning a new screening tool with the new standards that would be used across all of Washington higher education. This work also includes developing a pilot diagnostic assessment tool, linked to the TMP College Readiness Standards, that would be available to students across the state.