Rigorous K-12 Assessments Help Reduce Remediation, Increase Student Success

Fifty-two percent of entering two-year college students are required to take remedial coursework upon entering college, increasing out-of-pocket costs and the likelihood of dropping out. Many states are exploring strategies to identify and provide supports for students at risk of needing remedial education in college. One such strategy is to align high school assessments with college preparation activities and supports. In Washington, for example, a statewide agreement among public colleges and universities allows high school juniors to use their Smarter Balanced Assessment results to catch up during their senior year.

This policy brief from Higher Ed for Higher Standards explores strategies states are using to identify students who are at risk of needing remedial education and prepare them for success upon graduation. Aligning K-12 assessments with postsecondary enrollment requirements strengthens pathways from secondary to postsecondary education and enables students to be successful in college and their future careers. 

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May 2016