Nearly a third of Indiana’s students aren’t ready for the rigors of college courses and have to pay tuition for classes that cover what they should have learned in high school.
In 2011, about 31 percent of the 33,936 high school graduates who enrolled in public colleges throughout the state needed to take some kind of remedial course in math or English during their freshman year. In Johnson County, 266 graduates, or about 35 percent of the 770 students who graduated from the six public high schools and enrolled in public colleges, needed to take math or language arts courses during their freshman year.
Those numbers come from an annual report from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education tracking how well high schools are preparing students for college. The report doesn’t include the numbers or rates of students who go on to attend private or out-of-state colleges.