Thousands of Massachusetts graduates require remedial college classes

04/16/2008 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

Many Massachusetts public high school graduates begin their college careers ill-prepared for basic math or English coursework, requiring them to take remedial classes that make many more likely to drop out, according to a new statewide report. "There's something systemic that we're not doing to get these kids ready to do college-level work," said Linda M. Noonan, who manages the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education, a nonprofit that backs more rigorous academic standards as a way to shore up the future work force.

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