Tests place most students in remedial rut

Most new community college students start in remedial classes — and most don’t get far. Placement tests put too many students in a remedial rut, say researchers, who want colleges to look at students’ high school grades.

High school test scores predict first-year community college performance, concludes a California study. But high-scoring Latinos and blacks are less likely to take college-level courses than low-scoring whites and Asians. 

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