The remedial track.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 28 percent of entering freshmen enrolled in remedial reading, writing, or mathematics courses in fall 2000. Twenty-two percent of students took remedial math, 14 percent writing, and 11 percent reading. The NCPP points out that standard academic admission requirements are often different than the knowledge measured by college placement tests. The first recommendation is for K-12 and postsecondary institutions to align their coursework and assessments. "The quality and level of the coursework and instruction [at the K-12 level], and their level of alignment with post secondary expectations, are the key elements of reform," the report states. The No Child Left Behind act requires testing in grades 4 through 8 and grade 10, but not for junior or senior year of high school, something that should be changed, according to the report.
Other recommendations in the report are for states to develop financial incentives to encourage collaboration; developing a state-wide system to track a student's entire academic career, including enrollment in multiple IHEs; and publicly reporting on student progress and success K-20. To see the full reports, visit www.highereducation.org and ww.nces.ed.gov.--A.M.
Percentage of entering freshmen enrolled in remedial courses Type of Number of entering Reading, writing, institution freshmen (in thousands) or mathematics All institutions 2,396 28 Public 2-year 992 42 Private 2 year 58 24 Private 4-year 497 12 Type of institution Reading Writing Mathematics All institutions 11 14 22 Public 2-year 20 23 35 Private 2 year 9 17 18 Private 4-year 5 7 8 Source: National Center for Education Statistics
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