Transforming Remediation: Understanding the Research, Policy, and Practice

On August 15 the College and Career Readiness and Success Center and the American Youth Policy Forum co-hosted the webinar, “Transforming Remediation: Understanding the Research, Policy, and Practice.” The Webinar addressed barriers to the successful completion of postsecondary education, specifically the need to alter and reform remedial education practices.

Algebra Academy Gives Central Coast Students a Leg Up

Algebra Academy, a weeklong program that serves eighth grade students in Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito counties in California, allows students to work with math professors and graduate students to improve their skills in algebra. The program is aimed at reducing students' need for remediation by providing them with an "algebra booster shot" and also tracks the students after their participation in the program.

Stepping Up for Community Colleges: Building on the Momentum to Improve Student Success in Massachusetts

This report highlights innovative strategies and priorities aimed at community college improvement as well as providing next steps for Massachusetts colleges and state officials to improve student outcomes. Some recommendations for next steps include: effectively implementing performance funding and developmental education reform, expanding access to structured pathways to credentials, identifying and removing barriers to innovation, and supporting sustained advocacy.

Postsecondary preparation and remediation: Examining the effect of the early assessment program at California State University

This study examines the impact of the Early Assessment Program (EAP), which is designed to give high school juniors information regarding their academic readiness for college-level work, on college-going behavior and remediation in college. Administrative records from California State University, Sacramento, and high school information were analyzed. The study revealed that students participating in EAP were on average less likely to need remediation in college, and this program tends to encourage high school students to increase their academic preparation

Grad Nation: A Guidebook to Help Communities Tackle The Dropout Crisis

This guidebook is a step-by-step guide for schools, families and the community on how to be involved in addressing the dropout crisis. The authors provide research-based information and tools with each section to be used in implementing programs specific to the community. Each section provides background information on topics relevant to the community as a whole such as the cost of high dropout rates, along with questions techniques, strategies, and additional resources to address the community needs.

Incentives for Early Graduation: How Can State Policies Encourage Students to Complete High School in Less than Four Years?

This policy brief sponsored by Jobs For The Future discusses early high school graduation policies. The author examines the effects of early high school graduation policies including brief discussions on the purpose of early graduation policies, the costs and benefits of early graduation policies and designs of state policies.

Saving Now or Saving Later: How High School Reform Can Reduce the Nation’s Wasted Remediation Dollars

This Alliance for Excellent Education policy brief, targeted toward federal and state policymakers, argues that remedial college courses are economically inefficient. Costs associated with remedial courses include the cost of the course which is often federally funded through grants, and, because students who enroll in remedial courses are much less likely to graduate, loss of lifetime earnings. The brief argues that reforming high school curriculum and teaching and ensuring vertical alignment through college- and career-readiness are essential and much more cost effective.

Maine to Move to a Standards-Based High School Diploma

During the 2012 Maine Legislative Session, Commissioner of Education Stephen Bowen spoke in favor of passing L.D. 1422, An Act to Prepare Maine People for the Future Economy. The legislature then passed the bill in May. The state policy holds its education system responsible for preparing “all of the people of the State for success in college, career, citizenship and life.”

What We Are Reading: CPB Dropout Prevention Initiative, Male Achievement Gap, Postsecondary Remediation Costs, 21st Century High Schools

Looking for new high school-related resources?  Here are some pieces that other organizations have recently released:*


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