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Does Indiana Have A 'Mediocre' Track Record On Remediation?

Kyle Stokes / StateImpact Indiana

Graduates at Indiana University's winter commencement ceremonies at Assembly Hall in Bloomington.

Following-up on her story about a new state law requiring Indiana high schools to identify students who are most at-risk of failing mandatory graduation exams, CNHI statehouse reporter Maureen Hayden penned this commentary:

Statewide data collected by the Indiana Commission on Higher Education show that almost 30 percent of Hoosier high school graduates need to take at least one remedial course in math or English when they get to college. (It’s more than 60 percent for Indiana high school graduates headed to our two-year colleges.) Those are courses that carry no credit, but cost just the same as the ones that do…

Is that even close to “good?”

“Mediocre” might even be a stretch when considering our dismal educational track record: We’re one of the least-educated states in the nation, as measured by four-year college graduates in our adult population. Only about one-third of adults in Indiana hold at least a two-year degree. (From the News & Tribune)

Do you agree with Hayden’s analysis? Read it in full here, and let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

On a related note, Indiana’s graduation numbers for 2012 came out this week. The statewide graduation rate ticked up slightly to 88.4 percent. We have data for each school in the state along with a few takeaways from the numbers.


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