A state task force is considering the development of a new exam for high school sophomores that would assess their readiness for basic college work, State University of New York Chancellor Nancy Zimpher told The Post-Standard.
In an interview last week, Zimpher said the idea is one of many being considered by SUNY’s Remediation Task Force, a panel created in May to find ways to stem the flow of students who arrive at community colleges unable to do basic work.
An exam at the end of sophomore year — which could be introduced as early as the 2013-14 school year — would allow high school students and their teachers to identify and improve the areas where they are most deficient.
“If we could possibly administer something commonly across the state in the sophomore year, we would have all of the junior and senior year to work through improvement and remediation,” Zimpher said.
The chancellor has identified the remediation issue as a key focus for SUNY this year. Statewide, 40 percent to 70 percent of students seeking a two-year associate’s degree arrive on campus needing to take at least one remedial course. Those students end up spending their time and money on classes that offer no college credits.
At Onondaga Community College, 59 percent of first-time, full-time degree-seeking students were placed into remedial classes in math, reading or English in the fall 2010 semester, spokesman Roger Mirabito said. (Read more.)