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Some Colorado Students Ill-Prepared for College

April 26, 2004

Over one-quarter of Colorado high school graduates entering the state's colleges were required to take remedial courses, according to researcher Marya DeGrow (Independence Institute).

  • About 45 percent of students were assigned to remedial reading, and another 45 percent assigned to writing courses.
  • Some 85 percent of students were assigned to remedial math courses.
  • One-quarter of students were assigned to remediation in all three courses.

Moreover, remedial education costs Colorado about $18.9 million per year, which is only 55 percent of the total cost of remedial education, with the remainder coming from student tuitions. To curb costs, Colorado Commission on Higher Education recommends:

  • Requiring school districts to notify parents of college admissions standards earlier (when students are in the 9th grade) in order to give them time to prepare.
  • Teaching a core curriculum in all public schools.
  • Encouraging middle- and high-school students to take college preparatory classes.

Source: Marya DeGrow, "Cutting Back on Catching Up: Reducing the Need for Remediation in Colorado Higher Education," Independence Institute, December 2003 and "Remedial Education Report," Colorado Commission on Higher Education, February 2002.


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