Nearly 50 percent of the 2011 high school graduates from Delta County required some type of remedial instruction when they enrolled in college. That data was included in the Colorado Department of Higher Education's 2012 Remedial Education Report, which was released this week.
Statewide, the percentage of 2011 high school graduates assessed as needing remediation or enrolling in remedial classes in at least one subject was 40 percent, a slight decrease from the previous year of 41 percent. At the institution level, 66 percent of students enrolled in a community college and 24 percent of students at a four-year institution needed remediation. Most students required remediation in mathematics (51%), followed by writing (31%) and then reading (18%).
"Remediation is rightly a serious concern for educators, policymakers, parents and students," said Lt. Governor Joe Garcia, who is also the executive director of the Department of Higher Education.
In Delta County, as across the state, 2011 remedial rates were considerably higher than 2010 and 2009 rates because the most recent report uses a new method of calculating remediation rates that incorporates both students assessed as needing remediation and those enrolled in remedial classes.
Garcia said numerous efforts are underway to reduce the need for remedial education and improve student success in college. There is also an effort to accelerate remedial work. For example, some students assessed as needing remediation will go straight into college-level courses but will also participate in a companion lab class to ensure they're progressing. The overall goal is to reduce time spent in remediation to one semester or less.
Colorado high schools are making greater use of concurrent enrollment to prepare students whose high school exams show they are likely to need remediation. With this strategy, high school seniors can complete college remedial classes and go straight into college-level work when they arrive on campus.blog comments powered by Disqus