Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Educational Administration and Supervision
Dr. Blaine E. Ward
Introduction: The study of calculus was formerly relegated to just the college curriculum. In fact, it was typically a course for college sophomores. However, tracking and external pressures forced curriculum changes in secondary schools. Teaching of calculus in high schools became common. A large number of high school students, mostly seniors, now take calculus in schools where it is offered. As early as 1973 over one quarter of the secondary schools in the United States with enrollments over 1008 students offered calculus. (Rash, 1977) The percentage has undoubtedly gone up considerably since then. It is typically the course at the end of a school’s top mathematics track.
Welch, Gary G., "Mathematics placement of college freshmen who have completed one year of calculus in high school." (1988). Student Work. 3532.