College Success Report
The Delaware College Success Report - last released February 2016 - uses statewide, school-level, and district-level data to highlight Delaware student remediation rates as well as the connection between high school rigor and college success.
In March 2017, Delaware will release its 2017 College Success Report. In addition to college enrollment and remediation data provided by the Delaware higher education institutions, the data included in the College Board's State Integrated Summary is also used to inform the report. This data includes student performance on the PSAT8/9/10, NMSQT, SAT as well as grade-level enrollment and participation.
Findings from the College Board's State Integrated Summary data from 2012 through 2014 helped to inform the 2016 College Success Report, which highlights the following:
- Forty-two percent (42%) of Delaware high school graduates entering a Delaware college will start several steps behind their peers.
- In Delaware – as is the case across the country – many students are graduating high school unprepared for the level of rigor necessary in a college course.
- Remediation rates for all Delaware graduates entering Delaware colleges.
- Recommendations for schools, districts, and the state to follow in order to prepare all students for college success.
Remediation means that colleges require students to take remedial courses to master additional content and knowledge before entering the college-level courses required for their degrees.
News and Events
February 23, 2016
College Success Report Released
DTCC, Stanton Campus
Press Release Delaware College Success Report highlights high student remediation rates
Event Presentation (PowerPoint)
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At the state level, Delaware is showing signs of early progress and has seen an overall reduction in student remediation rates since 2012. Over the last few years, districts have increased access to college-level courses such as dual-enrollment and Advanced Placement. In addition, the state began a pilot course called Foundations of College Math to serve as a bridge course for students likely to require remediation in college.
2016 School- and District-Level Reports
Since 2012, five Delaware high schools and six districts have reduced student remediation rates through changes to their curriculum and targeted student supports (highlighted in blue and bolded below).
This year’s College Success Report makes specific recommendations for all Delaware schools and districts to follow as they work to improve student preparedness for college and continue the successes they have already seen.