December 24, 2014
“Standards for incoming college students are too low”

“Tennessee’s children should be prepared for college and careers when they graduate from high school. Unfortunately, they’re not.

About 70 percent of the high school graduates who enter our colleges across the state aren’t prepared for college-level work. These students must complete additional remedial studies before they can begin earning college credit, so they are much less likely to graduate from college or complete their education goals.

The gap in college preparation comes at a cost. Students and their families pay tuition for non credit-bearing remedial courses while the state and institutions invest scarce public resources into strategies to catch students up.

The question is, why must our colleges spend time and resources to help students learn what they should have mastered in high school?…”

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