If students do not meet the college readiness benchmarks for mathematics as established by the Council on Postsecondary Education, ... a mathematics transitional course or intervention which shall be monitored to address remediation needs shall be required before exiting high school. [Emphasis added.]In past law, that support has been offered to students rather than required. Thus, KRS 158.6459(2) specifies that:
A high school student whose score on the ACT examination ... in English, reading, or mathematics is below the systemwide standard established by the Council on Postsecondary Education for entry into a credit-bearing course at a public postsecondary institution without placement in a remedial course or an entry-level course with supplementary academic support shall be provided the opportunity to participate in accelerated learning designed to address his or her identified academic deficiencies prior to high school graduation. [Emphasis added.]How big an impact will the mandate have? Well, in the spring of 2009, when Kentucky tested 43,511 juniors, it found:
- 23,713 students scoring below CPE's English benchmark of 18.
- 28,822 students scoring below CPE's mathematics benchmark of 19.
- 27,024 students scoring below CPE's reading benchmark of 20.
They are, however, a reminder that Kentucky, like the nation as a whole, needs to raise student achievement substantially.
Most of all, they are an indication that this amended regulation will demand a truly huge effort from our high schools, starting almost immediately.