Number of Ohio College Students Requiring Remedial Coursework Continues to Drop
January 21, 2016 - 1:00 AM
The percentage of high school graduates requiring
developmental coursework as they enter an Ohio public college or
university dropped significantly in 2015.
Data in the recently published 2015 Ohio Remediation Report shows that
the percentage of students needing remedial coursework decreased from 37
percent in 2014 to 32 percent in 2015. There also was a reduction
in the number of students solely needing mathematics remediation (from
32 to 28 percent) and English remediation (from 16 to 13 percent) during
the same period.
“In order to make sure that students are prepared to have successful
futures, they must be prepared for the postsecondary education that will
help them earn their bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees or
other credentials,” said Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor
John Carey. “The continued reduction in these numbers shows that our
schools are having success in preparing students for the next steps on
their career paths.”
The latest report continues a long-term trend of better student
readiness. Five years ago, 41 percent of students needed
remedial coursework, 35 percent needed mathematics remediation and 20
percent needed English remediation.
“It is encouraging that more Ohio students are leaving high school
ready for their postsecondary education,” said Dr. Lonny J. Rivera,
interim superintendent of public instruction at the Ohio Department of
Education. “We will continue to make it a priority that students are
prepared for college and careers after high school. Our efforts
in recent years have done just that.”
Student preparation has improved since the implementation of the
Remediation Free Standards, which went into effect in 2013-2014. That
year, state law asked the presidents of Ohio’s public colleges and
universities to establish uniform statewide standards in mathematics,
science, reading and writing that every student enrolled at an Ohio
public college or university must meet to be considered ready for
Ohio’s consensus definition of college readiness provides a clear,
consistent set of goals for students entering postsecondary
education directly from high school.
The Ohio Remediation Report also contains recommendations for future
strategies designed to keep the remediation numbers trending downward.
Among the recommendations is continued collaboration among
higher education institutions and P-12 partners to align academic
standards to ensure that more students leave high school prepared for
success at the next level.