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Wed., April 10, 2013, 10:14 a.m.

Mary: Local grads unprepared for college

As per NIV's request for coverage, Mary Souza's latest:

You may not be aware of the terrible performance of our area grads, I certainly was not, so let me give you the facts:

I was shocked to learn that, for the students graduating from Lake City HS who apply to North Idaho College, more than 60% will have to take remedial math before they can start into regular community college classes. More than 60%…oh my! And these are new grads from high school. If they’ve been out longer than a year before starting back to school, the numbers are even worse.

Post Falls HS comes in almost as badly, with 52% of their recent grads going to NIC needing remedial math. Lakeland HS is at 48%, Sandpoint HS has 41% and CdA High has the “best of the worst” math scores with 37% needing remediation. More here.

The newsletter reads like an elect Ann Seddon ad, but Mary raises some valid issues. What can be done to ensure graduating students are better-prepared for college?

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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.