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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Remedial Math Placement tool Launched

McGraw-Hill Education (MHE) launched a new remediation tool that places students in the college math course best suited to their abilities. The ALEKS Placement, Preparation, and Learning tool is the first original product to be produced from the MHE acquisition of ALEKS Corp., the web-based tutoring and assessment program.

“A majority of kids that go into community colleges drop out,” said Buzz Waterhouse, CEO of MHE, at the Educause 2013 conference in Anaheim, CA. “Most students that go into community college need remediation and there are studies that show the vast majority of them are placed in the wrong remedial classes, courses that are more advanced than they are ready for.”

A 2012 report from Complete College America found that just 22.3% of remedial students finish remediation classes and more than half the students in two-year colleges are placed in the wrong remedial courses.

ALEKS Placement is an online tool designed to help students move into credit math courses quickly through a personalized study plan. It uses open-response questions instead of multiple-choice to assess a student’s knowledge level and delivers targeted learning through a six-week module.

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