From EAG News:

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A recent report shows nearly half of Illinois students enrolling in community college must pay for remedial classes to catch up on lessons they should have learned in high school.

“With the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test, Illinois is equipped to focus on the question f, How ready are our children for what’s coming next?” state Superintendent Tony Smith said, according to The Alton Telegraph.

“The postsecondary remediation data is an important tool to help us determine how much support our children need when they leave our care,” he said.

The data, released for the first time this year, show students need a lot of support.

In total, about 48.7 percent of nearly 40,000 Illinois high schoolers who graduated in 2013 and enrolled in community college needed remedial classes in at least one core subject, the Chicago Daily Herald reports.

“Illinois students had the highest remediation rate in math with 41.1 percent requiring additional preparation before advancing toward their degree, while 16.1 percent of students needed remediation in reading,” according to the news site.

The Telegraph pointed out the report shows two school districts where at least 33 percent of students enrolled in community college did not need any remediation. Of districts where at least 12 percent of graduates enrolled in community college, eight left at least 70 percent of students unprepared in math. At least eighty percent of students in five districts required remediation of some sort, according to…

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