ERIC Number: ED415741
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Better Preparation, Less Remediation. Challenging Courses Make a Difference. Goals for Education: Educational Benchmarks, 1997.
Creech, Joseph D.
This report examines the need for and status of remedial education at colleges in the 15 member states of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB). It notes that too many (one of every three) entering college students currently take at least one remedial course and suggests that this number could be reduced if high school students planning to attend college would take more challenging academic courses to prepare for college admissions tests and college achievement. Narrative and tables present comparative state data on: high school courses required for graduation; required or recommended college preparatory courses; relationship between taking a standard college admission test--Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) and American College Testing (ACT) program and completion of a college preparatory curriculum; effects of taking more academic core courses on SAT and ACT scores; numbers of entering college students who take remedial courses; reasons students take remedial courses; some promising initiatives in Maryland, North Carolina, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, and Oklahoma; and recommendations for improving college readiness. States are urged to review the content and rigor of their high school graduation requirements and college preparatory programs and utilize college-school reporting systems to identify ways to help students prepare for and succeed in college. (DB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, College Bound Students, College Entrance Examinations, College Preparation, College School Cooperation, Developmental Studies Programs, Difficulty Level, High Schools, Higher Education, Remedial Instruction
Southern Regional Education Board, 592 Tenth St, N.W., Atlanta, GA 30318-5790; phone: 404-875-9211.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.