Editor’s note:  The Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama, housed at Samford University in Birmingham, does some great research, especially concerning our public schools  They have just released a report showing that the percent of high school grads needing remedial course when they enter college continues to decline.

This is certainly good news, particularly since students must pay tuition for remedial classes–but get no college credit for them.  Translation, the fewer remedial classes a students has to take, the less expensive their education.

Here is the PARCA news release about the report:

“The number and percentage of Alabama public high school graduates assigned to remedial courses upon entering college continued to decline in 2019, one measure of academic progress for K-12 schools and Alabama’s public higher education system.

Remedial classes are non-credit college courses covering material students should have learned in high school. Alabama’s Community College System (ACCS) has recently developed alternatives to those courses, and the decline is attributable to those schools. According to ACCS, not only are fewer students being placed in remedial courses, but also passage rates in introductory courses have risen. Meanwhile, the number of students assigned to remedial courses at four-year colleges has increased modestly.

The data comes from the Alabama Commission on Higher Education (ACHE), the state higher education coordinating board. ACHE works with K-12 and colleges to follow the progression of Alabama high school graduates into Alabama public colleges.

The data provides feedback to high schools about how prepared their graduates are and can give colleges insight for improving student success. Use the tabs in the visualization to explore the data. Compare the performance of graduates from your local high school or system.

This remediation data is the final dataset that looks back on students who graduated in the Spring of 2019.”