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Diploma to Nowhere


High school seniors have returned to school this fall confident that their course loads are challenging enough to prepare them for the rigor of college study. They might be wrong. Strong American Schools recently released "Diploma to Nowhere," a study which highlights the fact that many college freshmen need to take remedial classes to relearn skills they should have been taught before graduation. The study also reveals that remediation affects students of all income and ethnicities and the psychological impact that remediation has on these students. According to the report, remediation in public institutions costs roughly $2.5 billion every year to provide students with the content and skills that high schools failed to provide them.

The report shows that well over a million incoming college students must take remedial courses to acquire basic academic skills in math and reading in order to take and comprehend entry-level college courses. And, no one is more surprised by the failings of American high schools than the students those schools have recently graduated. Even some students who took advanced classes and achieved good grades required remediation.