(March 13, 2015) When 2013-14 College Remedial Coursework data became available in late January, some school districts reported significant spikes in remedial coursework. Upon investigation, we found the college data for 2013-14 to be accurate (for high school graduation years 2012-13), but that remedial coursework for earlier years was under reported in some situations.
Beginning in 2014, colleges report academic information directly to CEPI using the STARR (Student Transcript and Academic Record Repository) collection, and remedial courses are directly flagged by the college. Before 2014, academic information was captured via Parchment, and colleges provided a crosswalk listing the courses considered remedial.
For example, in one instance we discovered that for 2012-2013, our data system had not been catching remedial coursework in the event college and universities submitted a new STARR CourseNumber format (4-digits instead of 3) which was not submitted in the 2011-2012 crosswalk. This resulted in underreporting of remedial course data for high school graduation years 2011-12 and earlier, and affected both the College Remedial Coursework and the Student Pathways data file reports.
CEPI corrected the error and reloaded the historical data on March 13, 2015. If you have used either report to analyze your district’s remedial coursework trends, you may wish to generate a new report with the corrected data. Thank you for your feedback and your patience as we continue to improve the way we connect K-12 and postsecondary data.