Colleges place too many on remedial track

Using unreliable placement tests, community colleges place tens of thousands of  students in remedial classes they don’t need, lowering their odds for success.

Placing poorly prepared students in “learning communities” that share classes and instructors has little long-term benefit, concludes a study at six community colleges.

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  1. It could be true that some students wind up in unnecessary remedial classes, but plenty of students who need remediation don’t get it. I’ve had students who can’t divide by 2, 5, or 10 and many are perplexed by exponents.

  2. I seriously doubt that a “large portion” of the students in those remedial classes don’t need to be there. Especially in Composition and Math, students are graduating from high schools without the basic skills they should have already had BEFORE starting University. And I’m not talking about advanced skills, either. If you plan on having a Bachelor’s degree from a major University one day – no matter what major – you should be able to at LEAST do Math up to Algebra II, for example.

  3. Michael E. Lopez says:

    Perhaps the reason the remedial classes are unnecessary is that the regular classes aren’t any harder.