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The Ohio Board of Regents and the Ohio Department of Education announced last week the establishment of uniform statewide standards for students entering a two-year or four-year college or university to be considered “remediation free”. House Bill 153, signed into law by Governor Kasich in June 2011, required Ohio’s college presidents to spell out the assessment thresholds that would define “college readiness” and the methods by which this can be determined for students completing high school and wishing to move on to higher education without the need for expensive remedial courses.
The full standards and expectations document works out to multiple pages and is well worth a read, detailing the goals that our education chiefs – and this parent, for one – want to see our students meet.
How to determine whether a student has reached these worthy goals as of graduation from high school: ACT and SAT scores. The essence of the agreement between ODE and Regents is the establishing of cut scores for each content area (except science, which could not be agreed upon in the first round effort) that indicate a sufficient degree of achievement.
Source: Ohio Board of Regents
The establishment of these standards and defining the means of assessment are significant for a number of reasons:
But there are also some concerns still to be addressed in the establishment of these standards:
Kudos to the Board of Regents and the Department of Education for their cooperative efforts on this issue. We are hopeful that the adoption – and proper publicizing – of these standards will have positive effects on college-readiness of entering freshmen statewide.