The story is a familiar one: A high-school dropout and singlemother works the supermarket late shift. Motivated to earn afour-year degree so she can have a better life for herself andher 4-year-old daughter, she enrolls in a community collegeafter earning a GED. Three years later, she still hasn’tcompleted the sequence of three remedial math coursesrequired before she can take college-level math. Defeated, shesays, "I just couldn’t do it anymore." For this student and toomany others, the dream stops here.
60% of community college students who take theplacement exam place into remedial education classes.
This could be as high as 90% for low-income and minoritystudents at some community colleges.
The number of students moving from remedial educationclasses to college-level courses can drop as low as 15%.