California State University, which recruits from the top third of California graduates, plans to stop using placement tests to decide whether students need remediation in English and math, reports Emily DeRuy in the San Jose Mercury News. Instead, CSU schools will analyze high school grades and SAT or ACT scores.Grades aren't a very useful tool for universities, and periodically there's talk of ditching the SAT/ACT because somehow they're racially biased. Let's be blunt--you have to have some way of determining if a student is ready for college-level work.
This is a bad idea. A wise man once spoke about "the soft bigotry of low expectations". This idea is Exhibit A.
Juxtaposed with that article is this one:
Illinois high schools have cut remedial classes and placed most students in a “general” college-prep track that doesn’t prepare graduates for college, concludes a Chicago Tribune analysis of the class of 2015.My district in California is well on its way to doing this.