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A college readiness report released Tuesday by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education shows one-third of Hoosier students enrolled in public colleges need remediation in math and English.

Statewide, 38 percent of the Class of 2012 was not college-ready.

And those who are ill-prepared create a significant economic impact on Hoosier taxpayers.

The total annual cost of remediation for Hoosier students and taxpayers is estimated at $78 million, including tuition funding, financial aid and state subsidies. ..

More must be done to ensure that high school seniors who choose to pursue a college degree are adequately prepared when they get there.

The first duty of state-supported schools is to educate the college-ready student. College is not the time to be teaching lessons that should have been learned before high school graduation.

Preparing students for college is not just a problem here, it’s a national issue. A January editorial in the Kokomo Tribune said more than 1.7 million college freshmen across the U.S. take remedial courses each year.

There also are ways to address the remediation burden under which colleges have struggled. One is to toughen high school standards.

Our communities cannot afford for smart kids to fail in college just because they aren’t ready. School systems need to offer more rigorous college prep courses and make good use of public university support. We can’t afford to fail.

— South Bend Tribune, Indiana

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