While remediation rates are a deep concern, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education maintains remediation data are not a consistent or sole measurement of college readiness.
Remediation rates can be one indicator; however, there are several caveats to keep in mind about the remediation data published by the Coordinating Board for Higher Education.
The annual Missouri High School Graduates Performance Report provides data about trends in the preparation and performance of Missouri public high school graduates who attend public postsecondary institutions in Missouri.
Less than one-half of students needing remedial math are successful in earning a degree, and less than one-third of students needing remedial reading succeed.
If Missouri truly is going to become a top 10 state in education by the year 2020, it is clear that remediation numbers need to be reduced.
Public school districts, state leaders and education stakeholders are all working together to do just that.
The Annual Performance Report issued by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education reflects a much more robust view of high school performance.
According to the 2011 CBHE report, 36 percent of 23,969 public high school graduates entering in-state public colleges and universities in fall 2010 enrolled as freshmen in at least one remedial course in the basic academic subjects of English, mathematics, or reading.
As the CBHE report points out, care should be taken in generalizing about all Missouri public high schools based on these statewide public institution figures.For many reasons, remediation data from MDHE’s High School Graduates Report should not be used as sole criteria for rating high schools and should not be used in that context.Consider: What we do know is that the continuing need for remedial coursework consumes valuable time and money from students, parents, employers and taxpayers.College-entry tests, such as the ACT and SAT, are often used as valuable indicators, but these test scores cannot stand alone.The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has adopted more rigorous academic standards in communication arts and mathematics.These standards are internationally benchmarked and are designed to reflect college and career readiness.