Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Remedial Educators Warn of Misconceptions Fueling a Reform Movement

The Chronicle of Higher Education
July 28th, 2015

The way policy makers in some states see it, the biggest obstacles preventing students from completing college are the courses that are supposed to help unprepared students catch up. Remedial education is under siege, and the instructors in the trenches are caught in the crossfire.
In Florida, lawmakers who were fed up with low completion numbers voted to make remedial classes optional for most high-school graduates. Pass rates in some introductory college classes have dipped as more unprepared students flock to credit-bearing classes.
In Connecticut, students are now limited to a single semester of remedial classes, and across the nation, a growing number of states are heeding a call from the nonprofit group Complete College America to make college-level classes the default placement for nearly all students. Students who need extra help can get it in one or two semesters alongside credit-bearing classes under a co-requisite approach that is gaining popularity.

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