Report Most new students at Clark College need math help

first_imgThe majority of first-time students who arrived at Clark College last fall were unprepared for college-level math classes and needed remedial courses.Officials from two local districts have begun working with Clark faculty to narrow the gap between what kids learn in high school math classes and what they need when they get to campus.A fact sheet presented to the Clark College Board of Trustees this week showed the college readiness — or lack thereof — of students from local high schools.Nearly 3,500 new students enrolled at Clark last fall. About 750 of them had transferred from another college with previous credits.The rest of the newcomers — 2,742 students — had to take the COMPASS test, which determines which level of coursework they’re ready for. Overall, students fared well in reading and writing, with great majorities ready to earn college credits in courses labeled “100” or above — think English 101.But very few students were ready for Math 101 and would instead have to spend their tuition money on courses for which they receive no college credit while they catch up on their numerical skills.The numbers in the report, which do not include comparisonswith previous years, must be viewed with two important caveats.The report only includes students who wanted to start their college career at Clark. Hundreds of students from local high schools head straight to four-year universities in their freshman year and some — a few dozen each year — go to prestigious schools elsewhere in the country.last_img read more