College remediation starts in 12th grade

Colleges spend nearly $7 billion a year on remedial education. Some are working with high schools to offer “transitional” math and English courses to low-performing 12th graders with college aspirations.

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  1. So…does this mean that RtI has been declared ineffective? It’s politically correct now to offer remedial in high school, as a separate small class, but still not ok to group by instructional need in preK-8?…those 10 years of inappropriate instruction contribute greatly to the remedial costs at this high school level.

    • Three cheers and amen! Kids need to know, from kindergarten entry, that they need to master specific knowledge and skills in order to pass to the next grade. Kids who are struggling need extra time and help immediately and kids who know the material need to move on to new material right away. Pretending otherwise leaves many kids, including the most able and motivated ones who have never been given the more-challenging material they deserve, entering HS far less prepared than they should be – and could have been, with the appropriate k-8 curriculum and instruction.

  2. Colleges should just stop offering remedial education coursework. There was a time in this nation’s history where students actually flunked, and students who didn’t have the brains and/or work ethic for college figured it out after the first semester.

    Remedial coursework should cost 2X the regular credit hour cost, perhaps that would cut down on the amount of money spent on remediation.