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 2021-2022 school year:

K-12 School Districts
Akron Public Fremont City New Richmond Exempted Village
Akron St. Vincent/St. Mary's Gallipolis City Nordonia Hills City
Alexander Local Goshen Local North Central Local
Alliance City Green Local North College Hill City
Amherst Exempted Village Greenon Local North Union Local
Beavercreek City Hillsdale Local Northeastern Local
Bedford City Huber Heights City Northwest Local
Benton-Carroll-Salem Local Indian Lake Local Ohio Connections Academy
Brecksville-Broadview Heights City Kenston Local Perrysburg  Exempted Village
Bridgeport Exempted Village Kent City Pike County Joint Vocational
Buckeye Local Kettering City Piqua City
Canton City Kings Local Ravenna City
Catholic Diocese of Cincinnati Lake Center Christian School Ridgemont Local
Catholic Diocese of Cleveland Lakota Local Riverside Local (Lake County)
Catholic Diocese of Columbus Lancaster City Riverside Local (Logan County)
Chippewa Local Leipsic Local Southeastern Local (Clary County)
Cincinnati Public Maple Heights City Springfield City
Cleveland Municipal City Marysville Exempted Village Switzerland of Ohio Local
Columbus Academy Mason City Symmes Valley Local
Columbus City Massillon City Tecumseh Local
Covington Exempted Village Medina City The Wellington
Crestview Local Mid-East Career and Technology Centers Toledo Public
Deer Park Community City Milford Exempted Village Troy City
Dohn Community Mississinawa Valley Local Westerville City
Edison Local Morgan Local Willard City
Fairfield City New Knoxville Local  


Postsecondary Institutions 
Central State University Ohio University
Columbus State Community College Ohio University—Chillicothe Campus
Cuyahoga Community College Sinclair Community College
Cuyahoga Community College-Western Campus University of Cincinnati
Kent State University University of Mount Union
Kent State University-Stark University of Toledo
Miami University Washington State Community College
Ohio State University Wright State University
Ohio State University-Marion Youngstown State 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 2022-2023 school year. 

As the Department is moving forward with the launch of the High School Mathematics Pathways initiative, the Department is collecting names of districts interested in participating in several pilots: Advanced Quantitative Reasoning (i.e., Mathematical Modeling and Reasoning), Data Science Foundations and Discrete Mathematics/Computer Science for the 2022-2023 school year. 
The Department's goal is to work with partner organizations to implement and scale these pilots. Therefore, the Department may turn the names of interested districts over to partner organizations who will then contact them about the pilot(s).  
Note: Submitting interest does not guarantee selection into the pilot. All of these pilots are contingent on the Department securing funding.

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. 
To express interest in participating in the pilot, districts and schools submitted applications through Dec. 2021 via SurveyMonkey.

For questions, email Annika Moore at

Note: Submitting interest does not guarantee selection into the pilot. All of these pilots are contingent on the Department securing funding.


  • Applications must be submitted by Dec. 17, 2021.
  • Schools will be notified of their acceptance in January 2022.
  • Upon acceptance, in early 2022, schools create a class in EMIS for the 2022-2023 school year.
  • Piloting teachers and administrators attend a multi-day professional learning opportunity in summer 2022.
  • Piloting teachers will be assigned a higher education collaborator in the summer of 2022.
  • Begin pilot in the 2022-2023 school year.
Note: Schools already part of the 2021-2022 school year do not need to reapply.

Sample Lessons 

Sample Lesson Number and Quantity: Driving for Gas

Sample Lesson Functions: Bouncing Ball

Sample Lesson Statistics: Are Double Stuf Oreos Actually Double Stuffed? Sample Lesson Probability: Taste Test Challenge


Last Modified: 4/25/2022 10:41:40 AM