Washington College Readiness Math Standards

Phase I of the Transition Mathematics Project identified the College Readiness Math Standards, 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., postsecondary) coursework in math or other studies requiring an understanding of math and avoid remediation upon enrolling in college in Washington state. The standards were developed by teachers and faculty from high schools, community colleges, and universities working together. 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 standards were built on the foundation of Washington state’s K-12 standards at the time, using the structure and content of the grade 10 standards as a jumping-off point. Following the initial work on the College Readiness Standards, TMP sponsored a related effort led by the state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction to build Grade Level Expectations for grades 11 and 12 that create a “bridge” between the grade 10 EALRs and the College Readiness Standards. Additionally, the Transition Math Project reviewed existing national and international standards work, primarily Achieve’s American Diploma Project, David Conley’s Standards for Success project, and Oregon’s PASS project in developing the CRMS. TMP also used resource experts from Achieve and around the country to help examine the connection between the TMP standards and various national and international standards (including TIMSS and PISA).

The final standards were released in March 2006; TMP Phase II then built on the work in Phase I and focused on implementing the standards, including the development of curricula and teaching strategies, in K-12/higher education partnerships around the state.