One in four first-year college students must take remedial classes, according to an Education Reform study. Their families pay nearly $1.5 billion for no-credit classes.
Forty-five percent of remedial students come from middle- and upper-income families and nearly half are enrolled at four-year colleges.
“People are underestimating the breadth and depth of high school underperformance. They think it’s not their kids,” said Michael Dannenberg of Education Reform Now, a co-author of the report.
Dropout rates are much higher for unprepared students, leaving many with college debts, but no college degree.