Fail: standardized tests landing too many students in college remedial courses

Questions are being raised about the validity of the standardized tests that land 70 percent of the state’s community college students in non-credit remedial courses before they can start taking courses that will count toward their degree.

“There has been relatively little research whether such exams are valid,” researchers from Columbia University’s Teachers College wrote in a report released Tuesday. “Placement tests do not yield strong predictions of how students will perform in college”

These findings come as Connecticut’s Higher Education Committee considersbill that would prevent the state’s community colleges and Connecticut state universities from forcing students to first take these non-credit remedial courses.

The cost to the state to have these remedial courses is steep: $84 million a year, according to the New England Board of Higher Education.