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Postsecondary Remediation Rates Decreasing; Enrollment Rates Steady, Data Show

As part of a series of data releases regarding student success, OSPI released rates of postsecondary enrollment and remediation today

OLYMPIA — August 10, 2017 — Postsecondary enrollment and college course remediation rates measure the extent to which the K-12 education system supports every Washington student in identifying, planning, and preparing for their life beyond high school.

Today, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) released data analytics on postsecondary enrollment and remediation rates for the Class of 2015.

Overall, the data show postsecondary remediation rates for math and English courses decreased almost six percentage points between 2011 and 2015, from 38.8 percent to 32.9 percent.

In the same time frame, postsecondary enrollment rates for all students attending two- and four-year public and private colleges both in- and out-of-state has remained steady between 59 and 61 percent, with the rate being 59.9 percent for the Class of 2015.

Of all high school graduates in 2015, the data broken down show:

  • 20.5 percent went on to public four-year colleges in state,
  • 25.7 percent went to public two-year colleges in state,
  • 19.8 percent went to two-year academic transfer programs, and
  • 4.4 percent went on to two-year workforce programs.

“We have been working on decreasing remediation rates and increasing postsecondary enrollment for many years,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal. “To see these efforts working means more students are getting what they need to be successful in postsecondary opportunities.”

The largest gains in enrollment rates and reductions in remediation rates were made by migrant students. Additionally, the data show remediation rates are decreasing for every race and ethnicity student group.

“It’s important that we measure postsecondary enrollment and remediation rates so we know where those gaps exist between student groups,” said Superintendent Reykdal. “Knowing where the gaps are mean we can target supports to close them.”

Next steps

Starting in the 2017-18 school year, students will be required to create a High School and Beyond Plan (HSBP) beginning in the 7th or 8th grade, updating it annually through collaboration with school counselors, teachers, and their parent or guardian.

The purpose of the HSBP is to help students choose a pathway to high school graduation and beyond that meets their needs, interests, and goals.

In the coming years, OSPI plans to break enrollment and remediation rates out for apprenticeship programs, internships, and industry certificate programs, as well as include postsecondary completion rates.

OSPI staff are always available to help schools and districts break down their data to identify trends and gaps, and offer support in identifying potential solutions and sharing best practices being implemented by other districts.

Today’s release is part of OSPI’s “Performance Indicators – Data and Analytics” work designed to help the state and school districts make data-informed decisions. As new data analytics are released, they are posted on the OSPI Data and Analytics webpage.

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About OSPI
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Chris Reykdal, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and improve student achievement on behalf of more than one million public school students.

OSPI provides equal access to all programs and services without discrimination based on sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Questions and complaints of alleged discrimination should be directed to the Equity and Civil Rights Director at (360) 725-6162 or P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200.

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The OSPI Communications Office serves as the central point of contact for local, regional and national media covering K-12 education issues.

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Nathan Olson
(360) 725-6015


   Updated 8/10/2017

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