University of Arizona
Institute for Mathematics and Education

Facing Choices about the Fourth Year in Arizona

An IM&E Policy Retreat, October 18, 2008


On December 10, 2007, the Arizona State Board of Education voted to increase the high school graduation requirement to include four years of mathematics. At last year's IM&E policy retreat, we anticipated this move by launching a project to develop a report on existing options for fourth year courses.

At this year's retreat we will bring together decision makers from the mathematics education system in Arizona and the nation to help focus our energies on developing fourth year mathematics courses that will meet the needs of all Arizona students.


8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m. Introduction and orientation to the task at hand

9:30a.m. Survey of existing fourth year courses from around the nation

10:30 a.m. Break

10:45 a.m. Review of the new Arizona Math Standard

11:00 a.m. Workforce requirements, the view from the teachers

11:30 a.m. Brainstorm issues to discuss in afternoon

12:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 p.m. Small groups develop preliminary white paper about each issue

3:30 p.m. Small groups report out

4:30 p.m. Next steps


  • Virginia Bohme (UA)
  • Carlos Castillo-Chavez (ASU)
  • Al Coons (Cochise College)
  • Greg Foley(Ohio University)
  • Cheryl Gengler (Mesa USD)
  • Tracy Halka (Achieve, Inc)
  • Erin Hart (AZ Governor's Office)
  • Deborah Hughes Hallett (UA)
  • Mary Knuck (ADE)
  • Ted Laetsch (UA)
  • Cheryl Lebo (ADE)
  • Joceline Lega (UA)
  • Michael Mays (WVU)
  • William McCallum (UA)
  • Rebecca McGraw (UA)
  • Janet McShane (NAU)
  • Kathy Parson (Research Corporation)
  • Wayne Raskind (ASU)
  • Cathy Seeley (Dana Cente)
  • Pat Thompson (ASU)
  • Erin Turner (UA)
  • Pam Walker (Dana Cente)
  • Sharon Whitehead (ADE)
  • Jim Wright (ODE)


The Institute for Mathematics and Education in the Gould Simpson Building at the University of Arizona, Room 837.


8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Saturday, October 18, 2008.



  • Facing Choices about the Fourth Year in Arizona: Achieve’s Fourth-Year Capstone Course Criteria
  • Advanced Quantitative Reasoning. Mathematics and Statistics for Informed Citizenship and Decision Making
  • Advanced Mathematical Decision Making
  • White Papers

  • Materials for Fourth-Year Mathematics
  • Potential Fourth Year Mathematical Courses