This story is back for another year. The Palm Beach Post’s Allison Ross reports:
Florida pays a real price for having to educate students on the same topic twice. A May 2011 report from the Alliance for Excellent Education, a Washington, D.C.-based research and advocacy group, said the state spent $123 million in direct remediation costs during the 2007-2008 school year. What’s more, Florida misses out on an additional $101 million in the wages that those students will probably lose over a lifetime, the report estimated.
Students who have to take remedial courses in college are more likely to drop out before graduating from their degree program, the report also said.
“What we know about remediation is that, if a student takes one remedial course, they’re three times more likely not to finish college,” said Bob Wise, president of the education alliance and a former governor of West Virginia.
Experts commend Florida for its efforts to close the gap between high school and college and cut down on remediation rates. For instance, the state has been rolling out a new test called the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT), which was designed based on what Florida high schools and colleges said students needed to be successful in college.
Beginning this past school year, the state mandated that students who scored a 2 or 3 on their reading FCAT, or a 2, 3 or 4 on their math FCAT and have not otherwise demonstrated college readiness have to take the PERT in 11th grade — the goal being that it will help students and high schools identify areas for remediation before the student graduates.
Experts have also expressed hope in the more rigorous Common Core State Standards in language arts and math that Florida and most other states have voluntarily adopted.
“Our expectation should not just be, graduate from high school,” said Susan Bierster, associate dean for developmental education at PBSC’s Lake Worth campus. “It should be to prepare students for something beyond high school.”
Another test and common core standards will make everything swell. Afterall, those salesman from Pearson say so; sort of like the salesman who tells you that sport coat goes with everything.
The opposition in Florida by school board members, superintendents and parent groups understands that the emphasis on tests –any state mandated tests has de-emphasized the sort of traditional classroom work causes many students to need remediation. The kids have come to learn that only thing that matters are test. Why bother with nonsense like projects and research papers?