Only 25 percent of grads ready for college classes, says report

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Governor Bredesen says it costs Tennessee millions of dollars to re-teach high school graduates who aren't ready for college.

At the University of Memphis, undergrad programs Vice Provost Thomas Nenon says nearly 40 percent of incoming students require remedial work in either math or English.

Nenon says it's not just the schools' fault, but says there are socioeconomic factors that figure into learning.

The state Board of Regents says, statewide, nearly half of all college students and 70 percent of community college students require remedial work that costs the state $25 million annually.

Bredesen says students who score poorly on the ACT college entrance exams should consider going to community colleges, rather than four-year schools that are more expensive for the state and where marginal students are much more likely to fail.

A study by the ACT concluded just 17 percent of Tennessee students meet the benchmarks for being ready for college classes.

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