How Many Students Really Need Remediation

Education News

An article on the NewsOK.com website today stated that 40 percent of all Oklahoma high school graduates who attended college required at least one remedial course. The article goes on to state:

Of those Oklahoma students who took at least one remedial class, 90 percent took a math course, 41 percent took an English course and 24 percent took a reading course, according to data from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. Only 3 percent enrolled in a remedial science course. [emphasis is mine]

However, I'm not sure where they're getting their numbers.

A graphic produced by the Oklahoma Regents for Higher Education shows that as of 2012, less than 20 percent of college-bound high school graduates require remediation in English and only 10 percent in reading.

See below:

College Remediation RatesAm I missing something, or are they?

 

About the author 

Michelle Boyd Waters, M.Ed.

I am a secondary English Language Arts teacher, a University of Oklahoma student working on my doctorate in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum with an concentration in English Education and co-Editor of the Oklahoma English Journal. I am constantly seeking ways to amplify students' voices and choices.

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