Educators Aim To Eliminate Need For Remedial College Work

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Educators across Ohio will team up to ensure that more high school graduates are ready for college-level work, instead of taking remedial math and English when they arrive on campus.

Currently, 41 percent of students who graduate from a public high school in Ohio take at least one remedial course when they enroll in one of the state's two- or four-year public institutions, according to the Ohio Board of Regents. The courses cost the same as general college classes but don't count toward a degree.

"Remedial education is not only expensive but it is a big discouragement to the student," said Kim Norris, spokeswoman for the Ohio Board of Regents. Only 26 percent of students who take a remedial course get an associate's or bachelor's degree, the regents said.

A new statewide initiative is aimed at aligning the high school curriculum with what students are expected to know by the time they reach college. Public high schools and colleges will work together on the Ohio High School and Higher Education Alignment Initiative, created by the Regents and the Ohio Department of Education.

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