Mathematical Modeling and Reasoning Course Pilot

What is Quantitative Reasoning?

The Mathematical Modeling and Reasoning course is an advanced quantitative reasoning course. Quantitative Reasoning is the application of basic mathematics skills, such as algebra, to the analysis and interpretation of quantitative information (numbers and units) in real-world contexts to make decisions relevant to daily life. Critical thinking is its primary objective and outcome. It emphasizes interpretation, representation, calculation, analysis/synthesis, assumptions and communication.


The Mathematical Modeling and Reasoning course is designed to promote reasoning, problem-solving and modeling through thematic units focused on mathematical practices, while reinforcing and extending content in Number and Quantity, Algebra, Functions, Statistics and Probability, and Geometry.


The Ohio Department of Education partnered with the Ohio Department of Higher Education and the Ohio Math Initiative (OMI) to create a math transition course with the purpose of preparing Ohio high school seniors who have not earned a remediation-free score for a college entry-level mathematics course. (Entry-level mathematics courses may include Quantitative Reasoning, Statistics and Probability, or College Algebra pathway courses.) This course is titled Mathematical Modeling and Reasoning, and the curriculum was created by Ohio postsecondary and secondary math faculty. This course will be modified from a fourth-year transition course to an Algebra 2 equivalent course and will satisfy the credit requirement for Algebra 2. Students who succeed in this course may take an Algebra 2 course, College Credit Plus course or AP math course their fourth year.

The following districts and postsecondary institutions are participating in the pilot during the 2020-2021 school year:

K-12 School Districts
Akron Public Kings Local
Alexander Local Lakota Local
Alliance City Lancaster City
Bedford City Leipsic Local
Benton-Carroll-Salem Local Mason City
Bishop Ready Catholic High School Mid-East Career and Technology Centers
Buckeye Local Milford Exempted Village
Cincinnati City Mississinawa Valley Local
Cleveland City Morgan Local
Columbus City Nordonia Hills City
Crestview Local North Central Local
Deer Park Community City Northeastern Local
Edison Local North Union Local
Fremont City Orange City
Gallipolis City Perrysburg City
Goshen Local Southeastern Local
Green Local Switzerland of Ohio Local
Hillsdale Local Symmes Valley Local
Indian Lake Local The Wellington Private School
Kent City Villa Angela-St. Joseph Catholic High School
Kettering City Willard City


Postsecondary Institutions 
Central State University Rhodes State College
Columbus State Community College Shawnee State University
Cuyahoga Community College Sinclair Community College
Kent State University University of Cincinnati
Lorain Community College University of Toledo
Northwest State Community College Youngstown State University
Ohio University  

Participating in the Pilot

The Ohio Department of Education is seeking schools from across the state to participate in Phase 2 of the expansion of the Mathematics Modeling and Reasoning Course Pilot for the 2021-2022 school year. 

To ensure the fidelity and implementation of the course, requests must include the completed application form and a permission form with the following signatures: 

  • The signature of the local school board president or district treasurer;
  • The signature of the local superintendent/building administrator; and
  • The signature of the professional staff bargaining unit leader.

Applications must be submitted by Dec. 16, 2020.  Submit applications online via SurveyMonkey.
For questions, email Anna Cannelongo at


  • Applications must be submitted by Dec. 16, 2020.
  • Schools will be notified of their acceptance in January 2021.
  • Upon acceptance, in early 2021, schools create a class in EMIS for the 2021-2022 school year.
  • Piloting teachers and administrators attend a multi-day professional learning opportunity in summer 2021.
  • Piloting teachers will be assigned a higher education collaborator in the summer of 2021.
  • Begin pilot in the 2021-2022 school year.


Last Modified: 5/11/2021 6:04:51 AM