We recently released a report examining student outcomes from the Summer Math Academy (SMA). The El Camino College (ECC) SMA is a three-week program designed to equip students with the tools necessary to succeed in mathematics courses taken at ECC in order to graduate and/or transfer. One way that SMA assists students in achieving their goals sooner is by allowing students the opportunity to retake their math placement test at the conclusion of the SMA. The object is for students to place higher and be able to achieve their educational goal while taking fewer courses.
This report followed 371 SMA students to assess placement improvement and course success across four different cohorts (summer 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2013). At the conclusion of the program, more than half of all SMA students improved their math placement by one, two, or three levels. Compared to their peers, SMA students succeeded in their math classes at slightly higher rates (57% vs. 53%). Though this difference was not significant, it suggests that SMA students were not placed beyond their capabilities relative to other math students, and were able to save time on their progression through the basic math sequence. Participation in the SMA resulted in 87 semesters of math saved by those students.
This report finds that the SMA is achieving its goals, though there is room for improvement. For example, more than one-third of all SMA students failed to enroll in a math class the following fall semester.
For the full report, click here.
For more information on the Summer Math Academy, click here.