Study: 1 In 3 Alabama High School Grads Not Ready For College

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A new study shows that more than one in three college freshmen who graduated from Alabama high schools needed remedial coursework last fall.

The State Board of Education says their numbers reveal that a high amount of high school graduates in our state are academically unprepared for college, but how to best tackle the problem remains unclear.

Some board members are calling for clearly defined uniform benchmarks to measure college readiness. Local educators stress the importance of communication between administrators on the high school and college levels.

“It’s all got to come together so when a child leaves 12th grade they’re really ready for college,” said Huntsville City Schools Superintendent Dr. Casey Wardynski. “If they’re not, we haven’t done our job, never mind if the child has a diploma or not…Higher education needs to help us understand better how good a job we’re doing in preparing kids, and we’ve begun that work. I’ve talked to a lot of local universities. We get data from them now on our students, and I would really like to see the individual data from our students.”

Officials said the remedial coursework study will factor into the Board of Education’s 2020 plan, which is a statewide initiative to improve education over the next seven years.

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