“Pre-medial education” — getting students caught up in reading, writing and math skills before college — is spreading, reports Ed Week.
Way too many students pass classes — often with “college prep” labels — then place into remedial classes at community college or a not-very-selective university. Pre-mediation moves that catch-up work to 11th or 12th grade.
At Cambridge Rindge and Latin School in Cambridge, Mass., juniors and seniors with marginal grades and test scores are given a community college placement test. Those who fail can improve their skills through JFYNet’s personalized program combining online and in-person instruction.
In four years, the intervention has cut remedial course-taking by nearly half and saved students $1 million in college costs, according to Gary Kaplan, the organization’s executive director. The intervention costs about $240 per student, per class.
“Do it in high school instead of waiting until they’ve graduated from high school and then suddenly they are hit with bucket of cold water in college,” said Kaplan. “It’s pretty simple, but very effective. If you know that the skills are, teach those skills”
Nearly two-thirds of high school graduates go directly to college, yet only about one-third are college-ready, says Fordham President Michael Petrilli. “The notion that there is this group of young people that go to college and only then are told they are not ready is just devastating.”
“Pre-medial education.” I think we used to call it “education.”