Picture this: An Oregon high school student registers for the necessary classes to graduate, studies hard, excels on tests and posts an outstanding GPA. Excited to pursue her dreams and make her parents proud, she enrolls in her local community college, determined to be the first in her family to complete a college degree. Upon entering community college, she finds out that she needs to take, and pay for, three terms of remedial math before she can start receiving credit for college math.
Her story is not unique. In fact, in Oregon, it’s pretty typical.