The nation is spending more than $1.4 billion a year on remedial education for students who are not adequately prepared for college, according to an issue brief by the Alliance for Excellent Education.
Because some high school graduates do not learn the skills they need to be fully prepared for college, they must seek out remedial courses to get up to speed. The situation costs the nation an additional $2.3 billion a year because those students are more likely to drop out of college without a degree, decreasing their earning potential, according to the Washington-based policy group.
To combat the problem, high schools must strengthen and align curricula with the expectations of colleges and employers.
A version of this article appeared in the September 06, 2006 edition of Education Week