This morning the Denver Post reported that one in three Colorado High School graduates requires remedial courses in college just to get them up to speed. That is one third of the state’s graduates that are not prepared to take the next step in their education.
The question that comes to mind is: how are these students even able to graduate? Isn’t the point of having graduation requirements that students meet them before they graduate?
Social promotion is an issue that is often debated but still practiced. Students in Colorado are most often promoted to the next grade even if they don’t master the skills and content of the grade they are in. Is that really what is best for students?
There has been a lot of research in the past decade about the idea of standards based education. Standards based education gets rid of grade levels and holds kids accountable for meeting benchmarks before they can pass on to the next one. In a system like that a kid can’t graduate until he or she has met the required benchmarks.
There is no good answer to the problem, but obviously it is a problem. As the Post’s article points out, in tough economic times remediation in college is something that schools just can’t afford.