Posted: Wed, 01/08/2020 - 10:23am Updated: Thu, 01/09/2020 - 8:06am

Application

Background

The Indiana PRIME (Postsecondary Ready Investigative Mathematics Experience) math transitions course was conceived in a collaborative effort with the Indiana Department of Education and the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (ICHE). The PRIME course utilizes curriculum developed by the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), which includes and reinforces the Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and Statistics skills necessary for postsecondary success. The course is intended for students who have currently achieved the minimum mathematics requirements for a Core 40 diploma, but may still require additional experiences before pursuing credit-bearing courses at a postsecondary institution. The purpose of this course is to reduce the need for remedial mathematics courses at the postsecondary level, thereby ensuring more students earn a degree and are prepared for the workplace.

In 2019, the Indiana legislature appropriated $300,000 in FY 2019-2020 and $300,000 in FY 2020-2021 to provide professional development and technical assistance to schools that pilot the Indiana PRIME Math Transitions Course.

Research shows:

  • According to the US Department of Education High School Longitudinal Study, 89% of the class of 2013 completed Algebra 2, yet 59% of 2-year college students and 33% of 4-year college students took remedial (pre-college level) mathematics.
  • Students referred to remediation in college have a significantly lower degree completion rate.

In light of this research, IDOE has partnered with ICHE to create an articulation agreement with particular higher education institutions for students who successfully complete the Indiana PRIME Math Transitions course. Students who complete this course, earning a B or better, at high schools that have approved instructors, will automatically be placed in Quantitative Reasoning at the postsecondary level. Additionally, qualified students would have the option of testing into other courses. Currently, institutions participating in this agreement are Ivy Tech Community College, Indiana State University, and the University of Southern Indiana. 

Program Description

The program shall provide funding to build the capacity of high schools to offer the Indiana PRIME math transitions course in the 2020-2021 school year.  Funds are to be used for professional development and technical assistance for instructors of the Indiana PRIME math transitions course, as well as graduate level mathematics courses for the PRIME instructor that could be applied towards satisfying the postsecondary dual credit faculty qualifications. In order to offer the Indiana PRIME math transitions course and participate in the articulation agreement, the PRIME instructor must receive training provided by IDOE. Funds are NOT to be used for any other purpose outside of support for the Indiana PRIME Math Transitions course and may NOT be used to fund employee salaries.

*Please note that the PRIME math transitions course is not a dual credit course, nor is the instructor required to be approved by a dual credit provider. Rather, reimbursement for the graduate mathematics courses serves as an additional incentive for teaching the course.

Program costs funded by this grant are limited to:

  • Stipends and travel expenses (reimbursed at the state travel rate) for PRIME instructors attending the required three day training in the summer. This training will be offered in Indianapolis on July 21 – 23, 2020.
  • Travel (reimbursed at the state travel rate) for professional development offered during the school year, including substitute teacher costs.
  • Payment of on-line support for PRIME instructors.
  • Technical assistance provided by approved and trained higher education faculty.
  • Supplies for the course, including but not limited to student workbooks, teacher support materials, and copying costs.
  • *NEW - Graduate level mathematics courses for the PRIME instructor that could be applied towards satisfying the postsecondary dual credit faculty qualifications. To ensure a course would apply, contact your dual credit provider. Courses would need to be completed by June 1, 2021.

Schools piloting in 2019-2020

  • Benton Central High School
  • Boonville High School
  • Forest Park High School
  • Greenfield Central High School
  • Huntington North High School
  • Linton-Stockton High School
  • Penn High School
  • Pike High School
  • South Newton High School
  • West Vigo High School