Opinion: Let’s finish the historic reform of remedial education and make good on our promise

California’s community colleges are leading the way with a historic reform to end a legacy of gatekeeping that has held back nearly all students, particularly students of color.

Just 10 years ago, 85% of community college students in California were forced to begin in remedial education courses that don’t provide credits toward a degree or transfer, and too often didn’t lead to the completion of critical math and English courses.

The state took a bold step five years ago to transform remedial education by requiring community colleges to drop placement tests, which were poor predictors of college performance, and instead take a more holistic look at students’ high school coursework, grades and overall GPA in placing students in their first courses.

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Micah Ward
Micah Wardhttps://universitybusiness.com
Micah Ward is a University Business staff writer. He recently earned his master’s degree in Journalism at the University of Alabama. He spent his time during graduate school working on his master’s thesis. He’s also a self-taught guitarist who loves playing folk-style music.

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