'Community colleges focus on remedial education' by Nancy J. McCallin and Geri Anderson (McCallin is president of the Colorado Community College System, Anderson is vice president for Student and Academic Affairs and provost), explains how Colorado's two year higher education institutions are expending great effort and much money to raise students up to ... college entry level proficiency.
The article contains this amazing sentence:
Each year, 42 percent of the 162,000 community college students require remedial courses, and remedial course enrollments have increased nearly 65 percent over the last four years.Now, understand what this means -- those young high school graduates -- who are sufficiently motivated and smart enough to know that a college education is advantageous to their future prospects are yet not skilled enough to actually begin a course of higher learning.
After all those years of CSAP testing, school report cards, student tracking ... after all the federal money for contriving 'core curriculum' and data gathering standardized testing central computers, we still have 42 percent of community college students who need to take high school course work again? (This number doesn't include high school students going to other private and public colleges and universities -- so in all likelihood up to half of all entering students need remediation. This statistic also makes one wonder how disadvantaged are all those young folks who chose not to go to college and therefore don't get remediated to 12th grade reading, writing and arithmetic levels?)
So ... just what is all this 'reform' aimed at three weeks of standardized CSAP testing every year for ten years doing? The deep flaws of this high stakes testing regimen are now blatantly obvious.
You have to shake your head and wonder why after twenty-plus years of 'accountability' education reforms with this kind of result -- why are the educrats and politicians so adamant that public and charter schools stay on the same pathway of failure?
But they are and, in fact, they are doubling-down on the failed agenda by now linking teacher employment to the standardized testing rat hole.
Here in the Jefferson County School District the governmental education establishment has put on the ballot for this November a big request for more of our money to pour into this obviously inadequate and failing system. At some point, one just has to say that it is a waste of money to keep funding an organization that cannot fulfill its primary function and that insists on doing the same wrong thing over and over and over again.
The community colleges are doing what they must, I suppose, since they have to accept high school graduates as students -- so they are to be commended for their undertaking of the remedial programs. But what a waste of effort and taxpayer dollars it is for something that the public/charter school system is supposed to have already done.
It is time for courage and bravery from parents and taxpayers in Jefferson County and probably everywhere else where this situation has developed -- grit your teeth and be determined to do what you must to ensure your own child's education -- and vote 'NO!' on sending anymore of your money to an education establishment that will not change and do the job it is mandated to do.