Most high school graduates enroll in college, but one in four will be placed in remedial math or English or both, reports Education Reform Now. At community colleges, a majority of entering students aren’t prepared for college-level work.
Not surprisingly, poorly prepared students are more likely to drop out. Those who earn a degree take longer and spend more to reach their goals.
Now, a few high schools in Tennessee, Indiana and Colorado are warning students they’re on the remedial track before it’s too late, offering catch-up classes in 12th grade, reports Hechinger’s Jon Marcus.
Fewer students are showing up at college needing remediation.
An analysis of data obtained by The Hechinger Report finds that, from 2011 to 2014, the proportion of high school graduates arriving at Tennessee community colleges in need of remedial instruction fell from 69 percent to 59 percent while the percentage of students in Indiana landing at all public universities and colleges unprepared for college-level work dropped from 31 to 18, and in Colorado from 41 to 34.
The idea is getting a push from new funding policies that reward public colleges and universities based not on their enrollment, but on their students’ ultimate success.
In Tennessee, where only 17 percent of public high school students score at college-ready levels on the ACT, 240 high schools have joined SAILS, the Seamless Alignment and Integrated Learning Support program. Seniors who’ve scored below 19 in ACT math take online or in-person SAILS courses “designed by college faculty in collaboration with high school teachers,” Marcus reports.
Some high schools are adding SAILS help in English.
Here’s more on how colleges are trying to place fewer students in remedial classes and move them more quickly to the college level. One option is to lower math requirements for students who plan low-math majors.