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ERIC Number: ED510936
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Aug
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
Paying Double: Inadequate High Schools and Community College Remediation. Issue Brief
Alliance for Excellent Education
Americans are beginning to recognize that many of the nation's high schools are in crisis, as policymakers, business leaders, and celebrities call attention to the country's low graduation rates. But the dropout problem, although severe, is only one indicator of the trouble plaguing the country's secondary schools. Because too many students are not learning the basic skills needed to succeed in college or work while they are in high school, the nation loses more than $3.7 billion a year. This figure includes $1.4 billion to provide remedial education to students who have recently completed high school. This paper discusses the following: (1) cost of remediation to colleges, students and their families, and taxpayers; (2) why remediation is a poor substitute for preparation; and (3) how the improvement of high schools can reduce the need for remediation. (Contains 1 endnote.)
Alliance for Excellent Education. 1201 Connecticut Avenue NW Suite 901, Washington, DC 20036. Tel: 202-828-0828; Fax: 202-828-0821; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: MetLife Foundation
Authoring Institution: Alliance for Excellent Education