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Are advanced high school students in math and science more college ready?

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Are advanced high school students in math and science more college ready?

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Main Finding

Among students with more than two advanced math or science credits, 88% and 90%, respectively, had enrolled in a 4-year college in 2006.

Among high school graduates who had enrolled in postsecondary education by 2006, 30% reported that they had taken a remedial course in math at the postsecondary level.

Key Observations

  • The more advanced math or science credits a student took high school, the more likely he/she was to enroll in a 2-year or 4-year college.
  • Students with no advanced math or science credits were more likely to enroll in a 2-year college than a 4-year college.
  • Students who took advanced math or science courses in high school were less likely to take remedial math courses once enrolled in college.
  • Nearly 40% of students who took no advanced math or science credits needed remedial math in college.