Wyoming Superintendent Jim McBride wants the state’s community colleges to agree on a common standard for judging whether students need remedial classes, reports the Gillette News-Record: Today.
“The real reason we have a remedial problem is because there is no real connection between graduation requirements and college admission requirements,” McBride said on a campaign trip through Gillette on Friday.
. . . “The Community College Commission’s strategic plan, which we helped with, will help that,” he said. “And so will the P-16 Council.”
The P-16 council is supposed to align Wyoming high school standards with the state’s post-secondary admission standards.
In three years, McBride hopes the recently adopted Common Core Standards will make Wyoming curricula more rigorous and state graduates better prepared for higher education.
“We need to make sure that the common core standards butt up against standards at WyoTech, the university and the community colleges so everybody is ready to take the next step forward,” he said.
Wyoming offers Hathaway scholarships good at community colleges and the University of Wyoming to students who take the “success curriculum,” and earn a minimum GPA and ACT score. However, 15 percent of Hathaway Scholars require remedial classes.
The class of 2011 is the first class to have the success curriculum available for all four years of high school. McBride hopes fewer scholars will need remediation in the future.