Increasing college readiness


Susan Gunnell - Superintendent, Huber Heights City Schools



Our school district is committed to preparing our students for success beyond high school. For our graduating seniors that decide to further their education at a two- or four-year college, this means making sure that they are ready to handle the rigor of college level classes without the need to take remedial classes.

As reported several weeks ago in the Dayton Daily News, the remediation rate (the percentage of students that need to take remedial coursework in English or math) in Ohio has continued to drop over the past three years, meaning more students are graduating ready for college. It is important for students to be prepared for college courses for several reasons. Remedial college courses cost the students money but do not result in college credit. In addition to adding to the cost of college and increasing student debt, remedial classes have the potential of delaying a student’s college graduation. Several research studies have also shown that students who enter college with the need to take remedial courses graduate from college less often than their peers who enter college and do not need to take remedial classes.

This same article reported that the remediation rate for the Huber Heights City Schools improved from 51 percent for students in the class of 2013 to 35 percent for students in the class of 2014. This drop is due to the hard work of our staff and students. Staff are carefully studying our test scores and graduation data. We are making sure the content in our courses aligns with what colleges are expecting our graduates to know. We are also doing a better job of advising our students on what they need to do in order to better prepare for the academic expectations of college.

We are pleased with the drop in our remediation rate but we know that our work is far from complete and we must continue to work with our staff and our students, as well as with area colleges to make sure all our Wayne High School graduates are academically prepared to enter college without the need of remedial courses. As always, if you have questions about our schools, please contact me at the Administrative Offices (237-6300) or through e-mail at Susan.Gunnell@huberheightscityschools.org.

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Susan Gunnell

Superintendent, Huber Heights City Schools

Reach Supt. Susan Gunnell at 237-6300 or through e-mail at Susan.Gunnell@huberheightscityschools.org.

Reach Supt. Susan Gunnell at 237-6300 or through e-mail at Susan.Gunnell@huberheightscityschools.org.