Lake County Schools Ohio
The Ohio Department of Education recently released the 2015 Ohio Remediation Report that shows the percentage of Ohio freshman enrolled in public Ohio colleges and universities that require remediation has decreased. Although there is a statewide improvement in college remediation rates, a local college finds the percentages are unchanged.
Lakeland Community College Director of Student Success Dione DeMitro said about the same percentage of Lakeland Community College students are placing into developmental courses. DeMitro explained that community colleges continue to serve a disproportionate number of students who need additional course work in order to be college ready.
Local schools use numerous strategies to improve college and career readiness.
At Riverside High School, the emphasis is on the success of all students, whether they are attending a college, university or trade school, Principal Peter Hliatzos said.
Riverside High School prepares students for the next phase of education by introducing technology into the curriculum, improving teaching techniques to accommodate students’ individual learning styles and providing more challenging courses, Hliatzos said.
In addition, Riverside offers college level courses such as the College Credit Plus program and Advanced Placement courses.
He said Riverside is looking to expand these programs.
The Willoughby-Eastlake School District also finds that offering challenging coursework in high school will help prepare students for their post-secondary education.
Similarly to Riverside Schools, Willoughby-Eastlake Schools Superintendent Steve Thompson said it is important to offer students choices that meet their needs.
“We’ve increased access to challenging work by providing more Advanced Placement courses and we support College Credit Plus options, ” Thompson said. “Students that take advantage of advanced coursework are better prepared for college, and they are prepared to be critical thinkers and contributing team members in work situations.”
There are also career technical education programs available to aid in career readiness.
Willoughby South High School Principal Patrick Ward said planning for college is a four-year journey.
“The emphasis in every course is improving our students’ ability to read, write, research and discuss course content in an articulate and intelligent fashion, ” Ward said. “This year at South High School, we have implemented a freshmen transition program that helps students begin to reflect on the college process during the ninth-grade year.”
Through this program, junior and senior mentors work with freshmen students to explore career interests. Students also set goals and reflect on the steps they will need to take to accomplish their goals.
Eastlake North High School Principal Jen Chauby agreed that college preparation begins when students enter ninth grade.
“From the time students begin their ninth grade year through their senior year, we work toward preparing students for the college or career of their choice through academic offerings and options, and providing other resources, ” Chauby said.
Students take the Career Cluster Inventory and the Career Profile, which are available through the OhioMeansJobs website to help students gain a better understanding of their interests and abilities with regard to potential career choices.
“And we can help them map out a high school plan that will enable them to meet their post-secondary goals, ” she said.
Chauby and Ward feels that though preparing a student academically is significant to college success, it is also imperative to navigate students through the application and financial planning process.
A tool used to measure student outcomes after high school can be found on the Ohio School Report Card called Prepared for Success.
According to the Ohio School Report Card, in 2014 Riverside had 69.9 percent of students participate in the ACT exams, 33.1 percent of students were remediation-free and 26 percent of students earned three or more college credits through advanced standing.
“I think we do a pretty good job, ” Hliatzos said. “Overall, the majority of our students are prepared.”