I mentioned Tuesday the increase in students requiring remedial coursework at South Dakota's state universities. Reviewing the Board of Regents 2009 High School to College Transition report, I am pleased to find the percentages on remedial needs were up in 2009 but do not represent a long-term trend. Current remedial rates at our universities are lower this year than they were in 2004, 2005, and 2006.
Locally, we can find some mixed news. The chart at right (from page 15 of the BOR report) shows the percentage of students requiring remedial courses at each of our six state schools. 40% of the freshman at Dakota State University needed some sort of do-over on math or English they should have learned in high school. Only BHSU was worse, at 46%. Hit those grammar books, kids.
On the arguable good side, Lake County had one of the highest percentages of 2009 high school graduates advancing to South Dakota Regental institutions to further their education. 50% of our 2009 grads went to South Dakota unviersities. Only Potter (54%) and Sully (52%) sent more of their grads to South Dakota universities in 2009.
There's also a breakdown of results by high school. I'll review those numbers and discuss them later. In the meantime, check on your high school's results, see if your kids are getting their recommended daily allowance of math and grammar!
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