May 31, 2016 — Newly released data from Tennessee shows a four-year drop in the percentage of first-time freshmen who arrived at college in need of remedial classes, from 76.8% in 2011 to 63.3% in 2015. Remedial math rates were lower too: 77.1% in 2011 down to 55.3% in 2015. An article from the Tennessean,  featuring more information from Governor Haslam’s staff, connects the drop in the need for remediation to the success of the SAILS program, a statewide program that offers self-paced remedial coursework in high school, through a collaboration with the local com unity colleges. Offering precollege interventions like SAILS, is an important way higher education can improve student readiness; learn more about the SAILS program in our report, Seizing the Moment: Community Colleges Collaborating to Improve Student Success.

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