Who needs remedial ed?

Prompted by research questioning the reliability of placement tests, Long Beach City College in California will use high school grades to decide whether students need remedial classes. Until now, some A and B students have failed placement tests while a small number of C and D students have passed.

Also on Community College Spotlight: California community colleges face a  $551 million funding swing depending on whether voters approve a tax measure on the November ballot.

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  1. Michael E. Lopez says:

    Long Beach City College discovered 60 percent of students placed in remedial English classes had earned an A or B in high school English, while 35 percent of those who tested into college-level English had earned a C or D in high school.

    And so naturally we assume it’s the tests that have something wrong with them?

  2. “But I got an ‘A’ in high school algebra! Why am I now flunking trig?”

  3. tim-10-ber says:

    Seriously…with grade inflation…nope