Many West Virginia High School Grads Need Remedial Class

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – New data show many West Virginia high school graduates attending the state’s public colleges need remedial classes.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports about 31 percent of the students who graduated in the spring of 2016 had test scores low enough that they were required to enroll in a remedial class.

The rate was twice as high in some southern counties.

The data was presented Thursday to the state’s Council for Community and Technical College Education.

It shows 4 percent of students from Monongalia County, home of West Virginia University, needed remedial work.

Chris Treadway, Higher Education Policy Commission research director, says an accompanying statewide maps shows “socio-economic conditions that students face are a strong predictor of college success.”