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CSU system drops remedial classes, placement tests




Cal State Long Beach, one of the schools on a list of colleges and universities with more than 25 percent Latino undergraduate enrollment, June 2008
Cal State Long Beach, one of the schools on a list of colleges and universities with more than 25 percent Latino undergraduate enrollment, June 2008
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It's official - no more non-credit remedial courses at Cal State schools.

Over 25,000 freshmen take the courses each year, which are designed to help students who do poorly on placement tests in math and English. But the university system is dropping those placement tests, too.

Cal State administrators became convinced the remedial classes might be doing students more harm than good. Many students ended up dropping out after realizing they'd been taking classes that weren't getting them any closer to graduation. 

Instead of giving placement exams, schools will look at things like SAT scores and high school grades to figure out how to place incoming students in classes.

The new plan will go into effect for the 2018 academic year.