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January 18, 2013
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Stark State College Opens Center in Barberton     

Congratulations to Stark State College on the grand opening of its new Barberton Satellite Center. The center is housed in the renovated Ohio National Guard Armory in Barberton, a venture made in partnership with the Barberton Community Foundation. 


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While Ohio Moves Ahead with College Remediation Policies, Data Remains Incomplete

Remedial course work for Ohio high school graduates is a problem that persists across rural, urban, suburban, high-poverty and low-poverty school districts.  Even some of Ohio's highest-rated school districts still face double-digit remediation rates for their graduates.
- Ohio Board of Regents [1]

Policy makers have long been concerned that 41% of Ohio students require remediation on entering the state's public colleges and universities. That concern prompted H.B. 153 (FY 12-13 operating budget) to require that the presidents of state institutions jointly establish standards in math, science, reading, and writing for students "to be considered in remediation-free status" by December 31, 2012. Those standards were published on January 3rd.[2]  


While uniform standards can be viewed positively, there is a problem. The data that drives decisions on remediation is incomplete. It only looks at those Direction of Ohio Studentsstudents going to college at state institutions in Ohio. A case in point is the report issued by the Ohio Board of Regents this past December on 2011 high school graduates who enrolled in college the following fall. Over 1,000 of Stark County's 2,700 college-going graduates were left out of the calculations in this report.


These were students going to private, or out of state, colleges and universities and the least likely to require remediation, leaving published remediation rates for the county's high schools highly skewed. Stark County is able to determine how many students were omitted as all its districts subscribe to the National Student Clearinghouse Student Tracker System.

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