One of the reasons for poor

**college preparation and completion** is the misalignment between mathematics content in high school with mathematics content in postsecondary education. Students complete Algebra 1 and 2 , but still end up in college remediation. College math placement tests are not aligned with state high school assessments. High school course content is all over the map, so aligning with college math is difficult.

Achieve has created the largest group of states ever to develop a common assessment for algebra 2 based on common curriculum standards-

**www.achieve.org. Nine** states are in the consortium for a common end of course assessment. Field testing is October 2007and the test will be operational in 2008. Achieve will work with these nine states to align the common high school course content with college first year math courses and placement exams.

Labels: College Completion, curriculum alignment