Saturday, November 6, 2010

New college remediation data shows nagging number of unprepared students little changed

The good news in the Council on Postsecondary Education’s (CPE) new high school feedback report release package is that more Kentucky high school graduates are going directly on to college, and a somewhat better percentage of those new high school graduates didn’t need remedial course work.

Some of the not good news is that the number of students entering the system with remedial needs hardly improved at all from 2006.

It would be interesting to find out if this chronic 8,600 or so student group comes from only certain Kentucky high schools or are spread out evenly throughout the state. Answering that question might help focus attention on schools that might really need it.

It would also be interesting to find out how well students who do need remediation do. Are they getting through to a degree in larger numbers or falling by the wayside despite the extra help?

Technical Note: I assembled this from statistical data in the statewide high school feedback summary on line here.

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