ERIC Number: ED414985
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov-5
Reference Count: N/A
Readiness for College in Leon County: Who Are the Students That Need Remedial Education?
Southhard, Margarida; Collier, Sylvia
A study was conducted to determine the extent to which high school graduates from Florida's Leon County needed remediation to enter college-level mathematics, reading, and writing courses. Records were examined for 2,705 high school graduates from 1992 to 1996 who were first-time college students in a Florida public community college or state university within the same period. Study findings included the following: (1) over the four-year span, an average of 21% of the graduates needed remediation in mathematics; (2) for students needing remediation in all subjects, 58% were female and 46% were black; (3) 79% of the graduates from the period did not need any remediation, 57% of whom were female and 22% black; (4) the average grade point average of students needing remediation in mathematics was almost one letter grade lower than those not needing remediation; (5) the mathematics remedial students were likely to take Algebra I, but were unlikely to take Algebra II or Geometry; and (6) 90% of the remedial students attended a community college. Data tables and a list of upper-level mathematics and science courses in Florida are appended. (BCY)
Descriptors: College Mathematics, College Preparation, College Students, Course Selection (Students), Developmental Studies Programs, Grade Point Average, Grades (Scholastic), High Risk Students, High School Graduates, High Schools, Higher Education, Readiness, Remedial Instruction, Remedial Mathematics, Remedial Programs, Student Characteristics, Tables (Data), Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Leon County Schools, Tallahassee, FL.