Sixty-three percent of high school graduates who enrolled at Community College of Rhode Island in 2007 needed remedial classes, according to a report commissioned by the state’s Board of Governors for Higher Education. The Providence Journal reports:
Education Commissioner Deborah A. Gist, who oversees K-12 education, said people often remind her that not all students want to go to college, a fact she acknowledges as true.
“But there are two important points to make. One, we need more college-educated adults here in Rhode Island, so that number needs to go up,” Gist said. “And two, even if they don’t go to college, they need a level of skills to be successful in life.… And the skills that students need to be successful at the community college level are the same skills they need to be successful in the work world.”
Since 2003, Rhode Island has raised academic standards with no apparent effect on the percentage of CCRI students requiring remediation.
(CCRI President Ray) Di Pasquale said similar numbers of recent high school graduates have needed remediation in 2008, 2009 and 2010, even though those students had to reach higher expectations to graduate than previous classes, including completing a portfolio or senior project and taking more credits.
“I am surprised because we clearly thought we would see some steady improvement,” Di Pasquale said. “But the numbers have been holding steady.”
Tougher high school graduation requirements will go into effect for this year’s junior class, the Class of 2012.