Maryland college considers high school performance in placement

In some Maryland colleges, students referred to dev ed are often required to complete course sequences before moving on to the college-level.  Montgomery College is such an institution, requiring students to complete as many as three semesters of dev ed.  In the county, nearly 60% of students need remedial math, 30% need remedial English, and 26% need remedial reading.  Dev ed courses are not tuition free and completed course hours do not count toward traditional degree or certificate programs.  To reduce the burden of lengthy course sequences, Montgomery College is approaching placement a little differently.  Rather than rely upon standardized test results, the college also uses students’ high school grades to determine whether remediation is required.  The move comes on the heels of a report issued by the county’s Office of Legislative Oversight that assessed students progression through and out of dev ed.

Source: Washington Post


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