Community Colleges pushing students to take remedial classes

By Ryne Turke on December 21, 2015 at 12:35pm

Nearly half of all Illinois high school graduates enrolling in community colleges are taking at least one remedial class.

According to new post-secondary remediation data from the Illinois State Board of Education, 48.7 percent of students from the class of 2013 who went to community college entered remedial classes.

Amanda Simhauser is with the State Board of Education.

“Remediation is designed to help prepare students who are not yet ready for the rigorous entry level college courses and core academic subjects. Community Colleges may require students to take remedial courses if they need additional preparation.”

Simhauser says that while students pay for these remedial courses, they don’t earn college credit for them.

Simhauser adds the subject students seem to be struggling most at is math.