Webinar Recording — Quantitative Leap! Improving the Targeting of Treatment: Emerging Research on Postsecondary Math Placement Policies

In partnership with LearningWorks

In partnership with LearningWorks

The Opportunity Institute and LearningWorks are excited to have hosted the second webinar in a series exploring how math policies can support transitions to and through college hosted by The Opportunity Institute Fellow Pamela Burdman.

Quantitative Leap!  Webinar 2
Improving the Targeting of Treatment: Emerging Research on Postsecondary Math Placement Policies 

June 8, 11am – 12:15pm Pacific  (2pm – 3:15pm Eastern)

Recent research on college remediation has revealed the limitations of traditional placement tests and practices for accurately measuring the capacity of students in mathematics. These limitations raise the possibility that large proportions of college students are being under-placed and required to repeat courses they’ve successfully completed in high school, delaying or deterring their progress to a degree. Some higher education institutions are developing new assessment policies with a goal of improving math readiness, college success, and equity in student outcomes. Use the audio player above to explore the research and implementation efforts.


Pamela Burdman, Education Policy Analyst; Fellow, Opportunity Institute


Judith Scott-Clayton, Associate Professor of Economics and Education, Columbia University; Senior Research Associate, Community College Research Center

Michelle Hodara, Senior Researcher, Education Northwest, Research Affiliate, Community College Research Center

John Hetts, Senior Director of Data Science, Educational Results Partnership

Eric Hsu, Professor of Mathematics, San Francisco State University; Director, Center for Science and Math Education

The Quantitative Leap! Series is an outgrowth of the Quantitative Leap policy brief by Pamela Burdman recommending three strategies for ensuring that math policies support college success: (1) ensure that quantitative reasoning requirements are evidence-based and reasonably consistent across educational systems, (2) rely on evidence to ensure validity and efficacy of placement tests and measures, and (3) improve quality, availability, and variety of high school courses that prepare students to be college ready in math. The brief and webinar series have been supported by the Irvine Foundation, College Futures Foundation, and the California Education Policy Fund.

The Opportunity Institute is a non-profit organization that promotes social mobility and equity by improving outcomes from early childhood through early career. We focus on education and the related social policies that make true educational opportunity possible.

LearningWorks is an Oakland-based partnership that aims to strengthen student achievement in community colleges by facilitating, disseminating, and funding practitioner-informed recommendations for changes at the system and classroom levels, as well as infusing these strategies with statewide and national insights.