One in four Indiana college students needs remedial help when they get there. Education officials are working on guidelines to spot those students while they are still in high school.
A new state law gives the Department of Education, the Commission for Higher Education, the State Board of Education, the Education Roundtable, and the Department of Workforce Development seven weeks to propose a way to identify students likely to need remediation.
Those students would then take a college and career readiness exam as juniors, to allow remediation the following year. CHE Commissioner Teresa Lubbers says waiting until after high school to fix reading and math problems costs colleges $35 million and 80 percent of those students still do not complete their degrees.
The 10th-grade Graduation Qualifying Exam was designed to ensure graduates had mastered those basic skills. But schools can issue waivers to allow students to graduate anyway.
Department of Education spokesman Daniel Altman says waiver students are likely to be one focus of the remediation guidelines. But Lubbers says the agencies will need to examine the issue in more depth. She says many students receive Core 40 diplomas, without a waiver, yet need remediation.