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Radomski cites possible limitations of report on remedial course data

February 13, 2019

Students from 196 high schools throughout Wisconsin were required to take remedial math or English within the UW System in their freshman year, said a recent article in the Daily Cardinal student newspaper. The article was reporting findings from a UW System ​study from fall 2017.

Noel RadomskiNoel Radomski, the managing director of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE), questioned whether the ​change in the amount of schools was "statistically significant​," however. He noted that remedial courses have been taught on campuses throughout Wisconsin for decades, and the study only covers fall 2017.

“A one-year variance in remedial course data does not indicate that a high school is better or worse,” he said.

Radomski also commented on the variables that the DPI uses to measure how well students are prepared for college in its school report card system​, which were not taken into account in the UW System ​report.

“The variables are adequate predictors of college preparedness," he said, "but a major problem arises with urban, suburban and rural high schools that have poor financial resources​."

Read the full article in the Daily Cardinal.

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