Outcome: Graduate High School Ready for College

Indicator: First Time Students Requiring Remediation in College

Significance of this indicator:

Remediation rates reflect the extent to which high schools prepare students for post secondary education.  Students are required to have a basic level of proficiency in math, writing and reading upon entering college.  Students who are not proficient in these subject matters are required to take remedial courses to become proficient before taking credit bearing courses in those subjects.  Remediation is costly to students and colleges and presents a barrier to graduation.

How we are doing on this indicator:

34.2% of first time college students in Colorado required remediation in at least one subject in 2013; this figure represents a decrease of nearly six percentage points from 2011. In Pueblo, the 2011 figures were higher than the state's:  52.3 percent and 47.6 percent of students required remediation from Pueblo City Schools and Pueblo County School District 70 respectively.  The remediation rate for Pueblo City Schools  increased just over 2 percentage points from 2011 to 2012, and  then decreased by 6.5 percentage points in 2013.  Pueblo County School District 70's remediation numbers were higher in 2011 than Pueblo City Schools and Colorado as a whole, but Pueblo School District 70's numbers steadily declined by 12 percentage points by 2013.

What the Data Tell Us

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Definition:  Students are required to be proficient in math, writing and reading upon entering college.  Students who are not proficient in these topics are required to take remedial courses to become proficient.  Remediation is calculated by dividing the number of first time students assigned to remediation in at least one subject by the total number of first time students entering college.

Data Source: Colorado Commission on Higher Education

Data Considerations: The state only releases data on those high schools with at least 25 graduates attending a Colorado college or university, in order to protect student privacy.

High schools for Pueblo City Schools include: Centennial, Central, East & South. Pueblo County School District 70 high schools include: Pueblo County, Pueblo West, and Rye High School.

A new method for determining remedial numbers was employed for the 2011 reporting year. Click here to view the report describing these changes from the Colorado Department of Higher Education.