ERIC Number: EJ778657
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct-26
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Getting Students through Remedial Math Is a Constant Struggle, but This College Keeps Trying
Blum, Debra E.
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n9 pB5 Oct 2007
As at many two-year colleges around the country, the pass rate among Montgomery County Community College students who take remedial-math classes, which cover material students are typically expected to master in high school, is much lower than school officials would like. Of the roughly 1,350 new students at Montgomery County who took a remedial-math class in the fall of 2005, the latest year for which data are available, only about half passed. Over time, plenty of students will never pass: One student of every four who took beginning algebra at Montgomery County in the fall of 2000 had not earned a passing grade in the course four years later. Students were either still repeating the class, had dropped it, or had left the school altogether without passing the class or earning a degree. To improve on those records, Montgomery County is experimenting with different course offerings, teaching methods, and academic-support services--all designed to move students more quickly and smoothly through remedial math. This article describes those efforts.
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Remedial Mathematics, Community Colleges, Remedial Instruction, Remedial Programs, Algebra, Student Needs, Mathematics Instruction, Required Courses, Mathematics Skills
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania