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ERIC Number: ED561915
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jun
Pages: 22
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
A Cure for Remedial Reporting Chaos: Why the U.S. Needs a Standard Method for Measuring Preparedness for the First Year of College
Gianneschi, Matt; Fulton, Mary
Education Commission of the States
The purpose of this paper is to review state-level practices that identify, track and regularly report the numbers of students identified for remedial instruction. In doing so, the Education Commission of the States (ECS) hopes to begin a national dialogue regarding if and how states could share information about students' referral to and success in remedial and college-level courses. In fall 2013, ECS collected information on state-level remedial education reporting and standards. ECS established the Remedial Reporting Steering Committee, comprised of elected officials, state education policy officers and education experts. The findings in this report reveal that there is little consistency across the states regarding how and when remediation is measured and reported. A few states--Colorado, Nevada and Texas--prepare robust annual reports with information concerning placement, student characteristics and outcomes, and costs. Others, including Nebraska, Pennsylvania and Vermont, do not appear to report remedial data. Even among states that regularly report on remediation, the methods used to count and monitor students vary widely. As a result, it is not possible to accurately measure the incidence of remediation in many states or to conduct cross-state analyses of efforts intended to improve remedial outcomes. In response to these conditions, the Remedial Reporting Steering Committee developed two major recommendations to remedy the inconsistency in reporting on and measuring state remedial rates. The recommendations are as follows: (1) States should work together to develop and implement standard methods for measuring and reporting placement into and progression through remedial instruction; and (2) In developing these new methods, states should create a dynamic, comprehensive measurement methodology focused on progress and success rather than state-level accountability or comparative rankings. A smaller technical advisory subcommittee was convened to design a model framework for measuring and reporting remedial data. The elements of the model are presented in a companion document, "A Common Framework for Remedial Reporting" (see ED561916). The following are appended: (1) Remedial Reporting: State Summary Chart; (2) Remedial Reporting: States with Annual Reports; (3) Remedial Reporting Steering Committee; and (4) Resources: State Remedial Reports. [Additional contributors to this report include: Anne Button, Sarah Emery, Betsy Harper, and Matthew Weyer. This report is part of the ECS Remedial Education Reporting Project.]
Education Commission of the States. ECS Distribution Center, 700 Broadway Suite 1200, Denver, CO 80203-3460. Tel: 303-299-3692; Fax: 303-296-8332; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Lumina Foundation
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States
Identifiers - Location: United States
IES Cited: ED565798