Bill Would Reduce Remediation Classes In Higher Ed

A bill heard Wednesday in the Senate Education Committee would require students at risk of remediation to a college readiness exam.

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Photo: Elle Moxley/StateImpact Indiana

Students work on their research papers in an English class at Cathedral High School in Indianapolis.

The Senate Education Committee heard Wednesday a bill that aims to ensure more students leave high school prepared for college classes by moving remediation out of higher education.

More than 30 percent of Hoosiers students who graduated high school in 2010 and went on to a public college or university required remediation.

Ivy Tech Vice President Jeff Terp says students who have to take remedial classes are not likely to continue.

“The number one obstacle for a student completing an associate degree at Ivy Tech, completing a technical certificate like Senator Kenley was asking about or transferring to another institution, the number one obstacle is remediation,” he says.

Proposed legislation would require high school officials to identify 11th graders who are likely to fail the graduation exam or require remedial classes. Those students would then have to pass a college or career readiness exam or take additional classes their senior year, eliminating the need for remediation in college.

Northwest Allen County Schools Superintendent Chris Himsel says while he supports the idea, he is worried about cost.

“I’m scared to death on what’s going to happen with our current graduating class when they get to the seniors because it’s the first group that will have went all four years under the budget cuts that occurred that took away resources,” he says.

The committee is expected to vote on the bill as early as next week. If it passes, it will likely go to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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