Math is biggest driver of remedial classes in Ohio according to Board of Regents

I ran into a news story over the weekend with some interesting statistics on what subjects students struggle with when entering college.  According to the Ohio Board of regents, 38% of students needed to take at least one remedial course in Math or English (lowering their chance of graduating by nearly 70%).

It’s a limited sample (public university system in Ohio), but it resonates with my experience in college and the feedback I hear from recent college graduates. I’ll look for statistics for Massachusetts and post an update.

Although some of these colleges and high schools work to prepare students, Ohio has a problem with underprepared students entering college, according to a 2006 report by the Ohio Board of Regents that studied remedial courses and the success rate of students taking those classes.

“Thirty-eight percent of all first-time freshmen in 2004 take at least one remedial course in math or English. An academic weakness in math is most prevalent with 30 percent compared to 20 percent who took remedial English courses,” the report states.

Students who take remedial courses have a lower success rate in college.

“Fifteen percent of remedial students earn a bachelor’s degree within six years, compared to 47 of nonremedial students,” according to the report.

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By: Ilya   Ilya

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