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Education Commission Asks Colleges to Improve Remedial Instruction and Assessment

The Education Commission of the States released a report on Wednesday that asks states and colleges to carefully examine their remedial-education practices. In the report, “Rebuilding the Remedial Education Bridge to College Success,” the commission says it will study various policies that have facilitated or impeded the successful delivery of remedial courses. It also calls for states and colleges to review their methods of assessment, placement, instruction, financing, and determining accountability, so they can provide efficient means for students to move through remedial course work and begin their degree programs sooner. This month the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers released the Common Core State Standards, another effort to reduce the amount of time spent in remedial education and the number of students who require it.

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