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The rate of high school graduates in Indiana that are going to college is rising slightly, according to a report released today from the Indiana Commission for High Education. The number of students needing remediation classes once in college also decreased from 31 percent to 28 percent, a drop that Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers says saves the state a lot of money.
“The 28% that need remediation, that comes to a price tag for students and taxpayers of about $78 million a year,” she said.
Lubbers says she hopes these numbers are indicative of a larger trend, but she, along with the Indiana Department of Education will continue with plans to get students more college ready. One of those solutions is to curb the amount of students who need math remediation in college, by interfering when they’re still in high school.
“We’re encouraging students to take four years of math, even if they’re not on a calculus/trig kind of pathway but that they not quit taking math their senior year because we find it really does impact their level of preparation when they get to college,” Lubbers said.
The report also shows that the type of diploma a graduate receives is indicative of whether she is prepared for college.
About 62 percent of students that graduated with a Core 40 diploma and 93 percent of Academic Honors diploma graduates were “college-ready,” meaning they did not need to take a remedial English or math course.
But only 22 percent of general diploma graduates and 18 percent of waiver-diploma graduates were considered college-ready.
The report also broke down college readiness by individual school.