Between 2006 and 2009, North Carolina’s graduation rate increased by 2.3 percent. At the same time, the community college remediation rate increased by 7 percent.
Low academic standards and expectations are one of a number of factors that provide marginal students an easier path to graduation, thereby helping to increase North Carolina’s graduation rate.
Nearly two out of three high school graduates who subsequently enrolled in a community college needed to take remedial courses in English, reading, and/or mathematics before they were ready for college-level work. Significant percentages of students enrolled in remedial courses suggest that the standards for high school graduation remain alarmingly low.