Partnership to help struggling college-bound students catch up
A collaborative effort between the Department of Education and Board of Regents will help the stateís college-bound juniors and seniors who may need some assistance to get up to speed before hitting campus for the first time.
The Board of Regents requires students whose ACT sub-scores fall below 20 in math and 18 in English to take remedial courses prior to entry into college-level courses.
The new partnership will allow students to complete remedial coursework before entering one of the Board of Regentsí institutions.
The new program, available through the South Dakota Virtual School, uses a diagnostic assessment to generate online coursework tailored specifically to each studentís needs. The Board of Regents will honor successful completion of the tailored coursework, allowing students who successfully complete the coursework to enter directly into college-level courses.
The online remedial courses are scheduled to be available to students beginning in January 2013, and will be offered in both 10-week and 12-month options. Students must register for the courses through their local school district, similar to other online courses offered through the South Dakota Virtual School. The cost of any coursework would be the responsibility of the student and his or her family.
For more information, visit the South Dakota Virtual School website.