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Denton ISD partners with NCTC, TWU and UNT to offer college algebra to high school seniors

7/14/06


DENTON — High school seniors can take college algebra and receive high school and college credit through a partnership between Denton Independent School District and North Texas Central College, University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University.

Called “On the MARC – Math Advancement and Readiness Collaborative,” the partnership was formed to encourage students to keep up their math skills during their senior year and help them perform better at the college level.

The program starts in August. Seniors will be able to take college algebra for both high school and college credit. Seniors can take the class on their high school campus through NCTC or enroll in courses on the UNT and TWU campuses.

Tuition costs will be $216 at NCTC; $219 plus fees for TWU and $421.50 plus fees at UNT. The college and universities are covering the instructional expenses so there is no cost to DISD for this project.

“We have come together to solve a common problem, which is the students’ lack of preparedness for college level math,” said Dr. Lee Ann Nutt, Provost for NCTC-Corinth Campus.

Research shows that not having to take math in the senior year of high school is a primary reason students are not ready for college level math courses.

“Many college freshmen are required, then, to enroll in one or more developmental math courses to improve their skills before they can take college algebra, a core course for most degree plans,” Dr. Nutt said.

Denton ISD tested 762 high school juniors enrolled in Algebra II by using a placement exam developed by TWU. Students who made a qualifying score were then approved to pursue dual credit courses at the three area higher education institutions.

If a student did not qualify for dual credit, he or she can take Algebra III at the high school in the fall. They may be eligible in the Spring 2007 semester for a dual math credit course, school officials said.

“We are very excited to be able to provide our students with the opportunity to succeed early in the college experience. The overall purpose of this partnership was to serve DISD students and we are accomplishing that with this project,” said Jamie Wilson, assistant superintendent for academic programs.

The district administrators have worked with college and university officials throughout this past year, to have the program available to the 2007 seniors.

“Seeing this project come together is a dream come true. We had the right people at the right time tackling the right issue,” said Dr. Jean Schaake, associate dean of arts and sciences at UNT and Board of Trustee for DISD.

All three participating higher education institutions are in the Denton ISD.

“The level of cooperation between the school district and the higher education institutions is remarkable. Denton is fortunate to have an educational system that works together to make transitions between high school and college as smooth and successful as possible,” Dr. Nutt said.

To participate in the program, high school seniors should contact their school counselors. Beginning Wednesday, July 26, counselors will be available from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. or by appointment at each high school.

“TWU is happy to be part of this wonderful project. I believe that we will see a great improvement in student performance in math courses and on math assessments as a result of this partnership,” said Dr. Don Edwards, associate dean for the College of Arts and Sciences at TWU.

For additional information, contact the students’ high school: Denton High ((940) 369-2000, Guyer High (940) 369-1000, or Ryan High (940) 369-3000.

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For Further Information Contact:
DENTON INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
COMMUNICIATIONS OFFICE
CONTACT: Sharon Cox (940) 369-0006 or cell (940) 391-3539
TWU
Amanda Simpson
Director of News and Information
Tel: (940) 898-3456
e-mail: asimpson1@twu.edu
 

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