Efforts by states to ensure their senior high school graduates are college-ready might be paying off. Based on data released by the National Center for Education Statistics, the amount of students who require remediation prior to tackling college courses has fallen between 1999-2000 and 2007-2008.
Of freshmen entering college for the first time in 1999, a lot more than 26% required some academic assistance such as remedial classes to organize for undergraduate-level work. In 2007, time had dropped to only slightly more than 20%.
The report looked at remedial course data from 3 years: 1999-2000, 2003-2004 and 2007-2008. For that purposes of the report, remedial classes are those offered to students who are unprepared for college-level work when they enroll in a university or university as freshmen.
In light to the fact that remediation rates in the late 1990s were found to be stable, the dip found in the early and latter part of 2000s came as somewhat of a surprise. However, the decline had not been found to be consistent over the period studied. In 2003-2004, less than 20% of freshmen required remediation prior to being allowed to sign up for regular classes.
Readers should consider the following limitations when it comes to the findings presented within this report. First, in this brief remedial coursetaking is based on self-reported data from students. Self-reported data were utilised instead of transcript data because transcripts generally do not indicate whether a training course was remedial or developmental. Second, the findings presented here might not represent the full extent from the need of remediation for first-year undergraduate students. Prior research documents a gap between people who need remediation, people who enroll in remediation, and those who complete remediation. Again, this brief presents data just for those students who reported they enrolled in remedial coursework. The information and findings presented here should not be construed as describing the entirety of student need, enrollment, or completion of remedial coursework.
The data showed an extremely predictable disparity within the remediation rates by racial and ethnic groups. White students had the lowest remediation rate of any group, with white students reporting the lowest rates, 24.3% in 2000 and 19.9% in 2008. Hispanic students had the highest remediation rates of ethnic and racial groups in 2000 at 37.8%, narrowly beating out black students of whom 37.7% required remediation over the course of the same year. Yet, according to most recent data, their relative position flipped, with black students signing up for remedial courses for a price of 30.2% with Hispanic students following closely at 29%.