Remediation Rates Drop for Stark Students, but 1,000 Left Out of Calculation
The publication last month by the Ohio Board of Regents (OBR) of 2013 Status of Ohio Graduates Remediation Report by District
contained good news for Stark County. Math remediation rates fell in 10 of the county's 17 school districts, including the urban centers of Alliance and Canton.
These rates are expected to continue to drop as Stark districts implement the new state graduation requirement of four years of math for the Class of 2014 and beyond. Also contributing are more than 50 dual credit math courses now offered by districts that require students to test out of remediation while in high school.
Overall, 3% fewer of the county's 1,662 high school graduates enrolling as first time students in Ohio's public colleges and universities in the fall of 2012 (figures lag a year) were required to take remedial courses in either math or English compared to 2011. The data, however, remain incomplete as 1,003 other graduates, who enrolled in Ohio's private colleges and universities, or out of state, were not included.
Unlike many Ohio communities, Stark is aware of how many graduates are excluded because all districts subscribe to the National Student Clearinghouse Student Tracker System to verify college enrollment anywhere in the nation. Student Tracker, however, does not include remediation rates.
 Seven hundred and sixty-seven students tested out of math remediation in 2011-12.