Raising the Bar for New York State Students

Just this week, the New York State Department of Education announced that they would be increasing the minimum scores necessary to reach the level of proficiency needed for the standardized state tests taken by children from grades 3-8. One of the reasons behind this decision is the fact that about 25% of all students in 2 and 4 year colleges in New York State take remedial classes. (source)

What is the definition of remedial?

remedial [ri-mee-dee-uhl]

  • Intended to correct or improve deficient skills in a specific subject

I wholeheartedly believe that every person who wishes to attend a higher institution of learning should be afforded the opportunity to do so, but it is utterly disappointing to know that one in four New York youths who indeed have the drive and ambition to attend college aren’t even ready for the most basic core classes.

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