Remedial Math Goes to High School: An Evaluation of the Tennessee SAILS Program

High school students working on computers

Project Status: Current
Focus Area: Postsecondary Access & Success
Location: Tennessee

What are the short-term and long-term outcomes for students who participate in math “pre-remediation” as high-school seniors?

This is a study of senior-year math programs in Tennessee designed to “pre-remediate” students with low math achievement. This evaluation includes the SAILS (Seamless Alignment and Integrated Learning Support) Program, an innovative K-12 community college partnership that offers students a community college standards-aligned curriculum via a blended learning platform. By offering the equivalent of the college remedial math course to high school students during their senior year, SAILS allows students to simultaneously complete their fourth-year of high school math required for graduation while eliminating the need for remedial math coursework in college. 

Angela Boatman

Angela Boatman

Affiliated Researcher
Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Higher Education
Peabody College, Vanderbilt University

A Math Remediation Effort Boosted Students' College Credits. But Did Learning Improve?

October 29, 2018

CEPR's findings about the Tennessee SAILS math remediation program are examined in the following High School & Beyond blog post by Education Week. 

College remediation is a big, expensive deal.

More than two-thirds of students in two-year colleges take a remedial class at some point after enrolling, and about 40 percent of those in four-year courses do, too. The courses are costly for students who pay for them, especially since they don't get credits for taking them. And finally, advocates fiercely debate whether the classes do anything...

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