More College Students Require Developmental-Level Courses

  • Statewide, about 90 percent of California's community college students need remedial math and 75 percent need remedial English. ON THE WEB California Partnership for Achieving Student Success High School to College: The New Alignment The Early Assessment Program helps students measure their readiness for college-level English and mathematics in 11th grade and improve their skills in 12th grade Statistics from the Riverside Community College District show that it's even worse here. Almost 96 percent of first-time freshmen must take remedial math, and 82 percent must take remedial English. It's not just precalculus or even algebra that students haven't mastered. Some high school graduates need remedial arithmetic, according to the community colleges. At Crafton Hills College in Yucaipa, 97 percent of new students need at least one pre-collegiate class, said Cheryl Marshall, vice president for instruction.