New Website Could Help Millions of U.S. Students Attain Their College Degree
Each year about half of U.S. high school graduates who begin college are forced to take remedial math before they can take college courses for credit. For most, this remediation requirement is unexpected and a substantial barrier to earning a college degree. Only 22% of students who face math remediation are able to finish college. EdReady.org, a free website for all learners, was launched this Spring to help solve this problem. EdReady is the brainchild of The NROC Project (NROC), a national, non-profit effort funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and sustaining institutional members. Nearly six years of research and development guided by educators from leading academic institutions nationwide has led to the creation of a novel approach to math education that gives each student a personalized learning experience.
“As we designed and built EdReady, we realized that when learning is tailored to the specific needs of the individual, the whole concept of ‘remediation’ becomes flawed,” explained Gary Lopez, Founder of The NROC Project. “Since EdReady creates a custom course of study using a student’s individual math learning needs in combination with the specific math requirements of the school or certificate they are pursuing, the learning experience is really the first step along the path to their college degree, not an unexpected hurdle to starting college.”
Early evidence suggests that a personalized learning experience changes a student’s mindset about college math readiness. "The dropout rate for the traditional approach to math remediation was very high," said Judy Lowe, Assistant Vice President at Chattanooga State College. “With EdReady, students are inspired to stick with it, improve their math skills, and pursue their degrees.”
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