Gates Grant Helps Math-Rusty Community-College Students

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When Leeia Isabelle started working on her college degree after serving three years in the Navy, she took a placement test and was put into a remedial math class at North Seattle Community College.

But did the former high-school honors student really need remediation?

Math is a major roadblock for community-college students. In the Seattle Community College District, about 70 percent of entering students need remedial math, according to a national standardized placement test.

Yet, taking remedial math for months — or even a year — can add to the time and expense of getting a degree, or make it more likely the student will give up and drop out, said Jill Wakefield, chancellor of Seattle Community College District.

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