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Many college students found to be unprepared

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Associated Press / March 1, 2008

Massachusetts may have one of the highest rates of students going to college, but the first statewide school-to-college report shows that 37 percent of public high school graduates who enter public higher education may not be ready.

The joint report released Thursday by the Massachusetts Department of Education and the Board of Higher Education analyzed the performance of the class of 2005 and indicated that students lagging behind needed remedial courses in college.

State education officials say about 80 percent of Massachusetts high school students go to college. The report found that more students from low-income families, some racial and ethnic minorities, those who do not speak English as their first language, and those who receive special education services in high school go to community colleges, where most of them need remedial academic help.

Higher education officials were not surprised by the finding, saying they hope the report leads to new efforts to help students.

Jeffrey Nellhaus, acting commissioner of the Department of Education, said the department hoped the data would be a catalyst to boosting academic preparation and performance in the state.

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