Remediation

Core-aligned exams will qualify grads for college courses

Washington state’s new Common Core tests will be used to decide whether students can start in college-level classes at community colleges and state universities, reports the Seattle Times. Students who score at the top two levels –considered “college ready” — won’t need to take placement exams. Students who just miss qualifying on the “Smarter Balanced” math […]

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Remediation rates plummet in Florida

Remedial enrollment has dropped by half this year at Florida’s Broward College,  but that doesn’t mean students are better prepared, reports the Orlando Sun-Sentinel.  Under a new state law, Florida high school graduates can choose to skip remedial courses and start at the college level. At Palm Beach State College, remedial enrollment dropped by 41 percent; it’s […]

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Speedier ways to get students up to speed

Speedier ways to get students up to speed are being tried at community colleges across the nation, reports Community College Daily. Eastern Gateway Community College (EGCC) in Ohio is adopting the Accelerated Learning program developed by educators at the Community College of Baltimore County in Maryland. As part of that model, EGCC English students who score […]

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Who needs algebra?

Who Needs Algebra? asks NPR. Sixty percent of the nation’s 12.8 million community college students are required to take at least one course in subject X. Eighty percent of that 60 percent never move on past that requirement. Let Y = the total percentage of community college students prevented from graduating simply by failing that […]

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Chicago: Free tuition for college-ready students

College-ready students will get a free ride to the City Colleges of Chicago‘s seven campuses, reports the Chicago Tribune. To qualify for a Chicago Star Scholarship, which covers tuition, books and fees, students must graduate from a public high school with a 3.0 grade-point average or better and be prepared for college-level math and English. […]

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High hopes, long odds

Vladimir de Jesus hopes to teach art, but has flunked remedial math three times. Community College Students Face a Very Long Road to Graduation writes Gina Bellafante in a New York Times profile of a student at New York City’s La Guardia Community College. Vladimir de Jesus enrolled in September 2008, left after the first semester […]

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ATD names ‘leader colleges’

Achieving the Dream has named a new group of “leader colleges” that are improving student success and closing achievement gaps, reports Community College Daily. Amarillo College (Texas) East Los Angeles College (California) Eastern Maine Community College Everett Community College (Washington) Jackson College (Michigan) Jefferson Community and Technical College (Kentucky) Lane Community College (Oregon) Los Angeles Harbor College (California) Lower Columbia College (Washington) Northeast […]

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Use grades to improve remedial placement

High school grades are more accurate than placement tests in predicting who needs remedial courses, concludes a working paper by Judith Scott-Clayton, Peter M. Crosta and Clive Belfield, Community College Research Center researchers. . . .  roughly one in four test-takers in math and one in three test-takers in English are severely mis-assigned under current […]

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California: CCs plan huge growth

California community colleges will try to increase degree completion and transfers by nearly a quarter of a million students over the next decade, reports the Sacramento Bee. “This is probably the most ambitious goal-setting effort ever undertaken by our system,” California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice Harris said. Currently, 48.1 percent of students complete a degree […]

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Community colleges should be free

Following Tennessee’s lead, several states are considering free tuition for community and technical college students. Community Colleges Should Be Free, editorializes Scientific American. Community colleges train technicians for jobs in leading-edge industries and serve as gateways to higher education for first-generation, minority and working-class students. The Tennessee Promise is showing the way. Starting next year, high school […]

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