About A Third Of Grads Need Developmental Classes

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, WV (AP) -- As college freshmen fill out their class schedules this summer, about a third will have to sign up for a remedial class.

Data from the state Higher Education Policy Commission shows that last fall 5,700 state high school graduates were enrolled in developmental classes at West Virginia colleges.

Those courses are offered to students who are considered unprepared for normal college subjects like english and math.

Colleges use standardized test scores to place students in core colleges classes that are required for graduation.

Students who fall below that score must take a developmental class.

Education officials have taken steps like offering special classes to those with low test scores and raising graduation requirements to cut down on the need for remedial classes.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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