Don't make placement tests optional

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

College placement tests serve a purpose. They work as a compass for both the student and the learning institution, providing academic direction. Remedial classes serve a similar purpose, strengthening a student’s academic skills.

We understand the state Legislature’s concern over the poor graduation rates of students attending Florida’s 28 state and community colleges, including Edison State College. State officials believe remedial classes are contributing to the high attrition rate, requiring students to take classes that take semesters to complete, cost money and do not count toward a student’s graduation credits. The students become frustrated and leave school, legislators say. A study by the Community College Research Center at Columbia University’s Teacher’s College revealed that less than a quarter of students who start in remedial classes go on to earn two-year degrees or transfer to a four-year school.

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