COLUMBUS, OH – January 3, 2013 – Ohio’s public colleges and universities today issued uniform statewide standards for students to be considered remediation-free for college-level English, writing, math and science. Approximately 41% of all public high school students entering a public college or university in the state are currently taking at least one remedial course in English or math.
The report comes as part of the state’s effort to reduce the number of college- and career-bound students who need non-credit-bearing remedial courses before they can begin their credit-bearing work.
“We currently have too many students graduating from Ohio high schools who are not ready to enter the work place or be successful in non-remedial college coursework,” said Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Jim Petro. “These uniform standards will help make it clear to students, parents and educators exactly what is needed to be considered remediation-free at any Ohio public college and university.”
The remediation-free standards and thresholds are not intended to replace college and university admissions policies; any admitted student who has earned remediation-free status in a subject will be eligible to enroll in a college credit-bearing course in that subject. However, colleges and universities may still require placement examinations to determine the entering course that provides a student the best opportunity to succeed in his/her program of study.
Recent data (2010 and 2011) shows that 41 percent of Ohio public high school students moving directly into Ohio’s public colleges and universities were required to take remedial courses upon arriving on university and college campuses. Remedial course work for Ohio high school graduates is a problem that persists across rural, urban, suburban, high-poverty and low-poverty school districts. Even some of Ohio’s highest-rated school districts still face double-digit remediation rates for their graduates.
“We have to do a better job of preparing our student for post-secondary education and career training,” said Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction Michael Sawyers. “Too many students are graduating from high school with too few options. Students need to be prepared to succeed at the next level whether that be college or career training. ”Establishing a uniform and clear target for Ohio’s high school students, parents, educators and administrators will help deal with this.”
About the Department of Education
The Ohio Department of Education is a state agency responsible for approximately 1.8 million students, more than 900 school districts and more than 3,500 schools. The agency is led by the Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction Michael Sawyers and guided by a 19 member State Board of Education that creates policy and makes recommendations for K-12 education in Ohio.
About the Board of Regents
The Ohio Board of Regents is the state agency that coordinates higher education in Ohio. The agency is directed by its Chancellor, who is a member of the Governor of Ohio's cabinet. The Chancellor, with the advice of the nine-member Board of Regents, provides policy guidance to the Governor and the Ohio General Assembly, advocates for the University System of Ohio and carries out state higher education policy.