Remediation needed

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

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Audrey Duncan teaches biology to sophomores and juniors last week at Decatur High School. The Decatur School District had nearly 88 percent remediation rates among seniors last year, a statistic state education administrators are struggling to improve.

Audrey Duncan teaches biology to sophomores and juniors last week at Decatur High School. The Decatur School District had nearly 88 percent remediation rates among seniors last year, a statistic state education administrators are struggling to improve.
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Most Decatur High School seniors graduate without being ready to take college-level courses, joining 5,615 Arkansans who took a college entrance exam and failed to score high enough to avoid remediation in math or reading, according to a 2010 report from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.

“There’s a myriad of issues,” Decatur School District Superintendent Larry Ben said. “For Decatur, we have a high remediation rate. It’s not an anomaly. That’s kind of the way it’s been here for a long time.”

In 2009, Decatur students planning to attend college who took a college entrance exam had an 87.5 percent remediation rate, according to the most recent state figures. Historically, the school district ...


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News, Pages 1 on 12/22/2010

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