2.11.10

HOW INEFFECTIVE ARE CONNECTICUT'S HIGH SCHOOLS? The Office of Retaining Students Who Weren't Prepared in the First Place never lacks for work. (Via Joanne Jacobs)

Seventy-two percent of Connecticut’s high school graduates who go on to community college aren’t prepared for college work, according to a state education group. The remediation rate is 65 percent for graduates enrolling at four state universities.

“Connecticut has a significant college readiness gap that is threatening our ability to replenish our workforce,” said Michael Meotti, the state’s commissioner of higher education. “We are fortunate that with 3 out of 4 high school graduates going onto college, we have one of the highest college-going rates in the country. But now we are finding that many of these students are not college ready.”

Only 54 percent of Connecticut high school graduates who go directly to college will earn a certificate or degree.

I'll never lack for work either. For five years, Cold Spring Shops has noted the unfavorable cost-benefit ratio of producing dropouts by making a bad job of middle and high school followed by two or three semesters of repeating middle school in college, something that probably discourages some of those collegians. The Cold Spring Shops suggestion is that colleges send the high schools that failed to prepare those students the bill for the remedial courses, and although the idea has not caught on, the liquidity constraint confronting governments has not gone away.

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