July 12, 2016 — Maryland high school students will now have the opportunity to complete remedial work in math and English in their senior year. Following the gradual implementation of high standards, the General Assembly passed a law in 2013 to require school systems to test students by the end of 11th grade. Schools will now leverage this early indicator of college readiness to ensure students leave high school fully prepared for college and careers. “I think you will see a huge decline in the number of students needing developmental or remedial courses,” said Henry Johnson, chief academic officer at the Maryland Department of Education. 70 percent of Maryland students entering community college and 21 percent of those at four-year public institutions needed remedial education, as of 2013. Different schools are using different assessments including PARCC, SAT, ACT, Accuplacer, and even AP/IB exams to measure college readiness, and many are collaborating with their local community colleges to remediate students. For example, Baltimore County schools have set up  transition classes with curriculum written by Community College of Baltimore County professors in collaboration with some county high school teachers. Read more from the Baltimore Sun.

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