Georgia spends millions on remedial ed

Georgia is spending millions of dollars on college remedial classes, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Georgia’s colleges are trying to improve remedial education by developing new curricula, requiring students to attend class more often and using technology to provide individualized instruction. But some question whether colleges should even be serving students who can’t handle the academic rigor.

By fall 2012 the university system, which includes eight two-year colleges, no longer will admit students who need remedial courses in reading, English and math.  Students will have two attempts, instead of four, to pass each reading and English class and three tries, instead of five, to pass two math classes.

The state’s remediation rate dropped in the 1990s but increased in recent years as enrollment skyrocketed. Also, the system implemented a pilot program eliminating the SAT requirement at 16 campuses. These colleges tend to enroll older adults, those who work full-time and students who are also caregivers at home. The pilot program is scheduled to end in 2011.

Atlanta Metro now offers a free class to prepare students to pass placement tests that determine if they are ready for college-level courses. The college also expanded the remedial math class to include a third-day lab.

South Georgia College is working with the Carnegie Foundation Mathway Project to move students quickly from a newly designed remedial math class to college-level math the following semester.

Georgia Perimeter College is experimenting with computer programs that allow remedial math students to work at their own pace.

It’s no wonder so many students aren’t ready for college math, writes a high school teacher on Ricochet. Georgia adopted a trendy “integrated” math curriculum in 2005.  The “average student is completely lost.”

POSTED BY Joanne Jacobs
ON November 4, 2010

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