Did you know?
That according to the U.S. Department of Education, about a third of 2007-08 first-year college students have taken at least one remedial course. That number rises to about 42% at two-year community colleges.
USA Today reports that, education observers worry that the vast numbers of students coming to college unprepared will pose a major roadblock to President Barack Obama's goal for the United States to once again lead the world in college degrees.
According to studies done by the U.S. Department of Education, many secondary schools across the nation aren’t adequately preparing students to excel at college. Universities and community colleges are stepping in to fill the gap by offering remedial college courses in subjects like reading and math.
Reading comprehension is such a critical skill, in college, because textbooks become more complex, leaving many students unprepared for advancement.
Will Taxpayers Pay for the Same Education Twice?
Remedial training is costly. The Alliance for Excellent Education reports that the nation loses $3.7 billion a year due to the fact that students have not learned the basic needed skills, like basic reading, comprehension, and fluency.
According to 2004 Education Department data, students who need remedial classes are more likely to drop out of college. For example, those taking any remedial reading, only had a 17% chance of completing a bachelor's degree,
Remedial Reading programs should be research-based and implemented with fidelity by teachers who have received sufficient training.
Reading concepts should be explicit while moving sequentially from the simplest concepts to the more complex.
For a free instructional reading framework, click here >