Decatur teachers brainstorm to improve college readiness

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

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Decatur high school teachers met on Friday to discuss how to improve student's college readiness. Pictured are teacher Tracy Howard, counselor Nancy Cotter and special programs coordinator Dawn Steward.

Decatur high school teachers met on Friday to discuss how to improve student's college readiness. Pictured are teacher Tracy Howard, counselor Nancy Cotter and special programs coordinator Dawn Steward.
Photo by Janelle Jessen

Superintendent Larry Ben is making college readiness and academic achievement a priority in Decatur Schools and he is encouraging teachers to take a leading role in deciding which changes need to be made to improve the district's college remediation rate.

According to the 2009 School Report Card from the Arkansas Department of Education, 78 percent of students who graduate from Decatur High School and plan to go on to college will need to take remedial courses. Although college remediation is a serious issue across the state, Decatur's rate is considerably higher than neighboring districts.

“It's a problem and it's something we're working on,” Ben said.

ACT test scores are used to measure college remediation rates ...


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