35% of Colorado high school graduates unprepared for college

According to the 2015 Legislative Report on Remedial Education put out by the Colorado Department of Higher Education, 35% of Colorado high school graduates need remedial education before they are ready for college-level curriculum. Considering that college-level Curriculum is not at a very high level these days, it’s surprising that so many high-school graduates can’t cut it.

Some highlights from the Legislative Report, with my bracketed comments:

  •   Overall, the percentage of the 2014 high school graduates placed into remediation in at least one subject was 35.4 %, a slight increase from the previous year of 34.2%. [comment: Trending]
  •   Of the 22,853 high school graduates who matriculated to college in Colorado, 7,472 students were not college ready and required at least one remedial course. [Comment: It should be recognized that not everyone needs to go to college. I bet a lot of these students would be better off with vocational education than they will be with college remedial education]
  •   About 38.6 percent of college female students were not college ready compared to 31.7 percent of college matriculated males. [comment: What? Males smarter than females? impossible]
  •   At two-year institutions, 82 percent of Black, non-Hispanic students required developmental education. [comment: 82%!!!!! At community colleges?] At four-year institutions, 52.5 percent of Black, non-Hispanic students required developmental education.
  •   At two-year institutions, almost 70 percent of Hispanic students required developmental education. At four-year institutions, 39 percent of Hispanic students required developmental education.
  •   Of Free and Reduced Lunch program participants, 53.4 percent were not college ready compared to 31.4 percent of non-FRL students who were not college ready. [comment: Don’t they know there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch]
  •   When examining remediation by subject, most students required remediation in mathematics. [Comment: OH, math is soooo hard. No it isn’t, not in high school]
  •   For the second year, remedial students had higher first year retention rates than non- remedial students at community colleges. [Comment: Oh, so even those who don’t need remedial education really do need remedial education, meaning the real percentage who need remedial education is higher than they say it is.]
  •   At the four-year level, the retention rate for students not assigned to remediation was 76.7 percent, compared to 61.4 percent for those needing remediation. [Comment: Did they suddently get smarter or study harder between the second and fourth years, or did the curriculum get easier?]
  •   More than 62 percent of all remedial courses were completed successfully, an increase from the previous year. [Comment: So 40 % of those needing remedical education for college can’t even cut the remedial]
  •   Combined, the estimated cost to the state and estimated tuition cost to the student for remedial courses amount to approximately $39.3 million in FY2014-15. This is a $7.8 million dollar savings from last year due to fewer students taking remedial courses and fewer courses being offered. [Comment: Yeah, we know that boatloads of money are heaped on educaition as the quality of education just gets worse.]

The real problem with K-12 education in Colorado was revealed last year when the Colorado Supreme Court upheld the legislature’s cuts to education funding. An attorney for the school groups that lost the court case had this to say:

Kathleen Gebhardt, an attorney for the group filing the Dwyer lawsuit, said Monday the decision is disappointing but said the group will “continue to fight for the kids.”

Attorney Gebhardt and her clients were not and never are “fighting for the kids.”  That’s the emotional trick they play on the hearts of taxpayers to hide what they are really doing, which is fighting for the gravy-train jobs of incompetent teachers and lazy administrators. They don’t view the roll of public schools as educating children. They view it as a jobs program for the teachers’ union.

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