About 83% of students entering City University of New York community colleges last year failed placement exams and had to take remedial courses in reading, writing or math - and most graduated from city high schools, records show.
Many entering CUNY students failed placement exams last year
"It costs a lot of money," said Matt Zeidenberg, a researcher at Columbia University's Community College Research Center. "You're basically paying for the same stuff over again."
About two-thirds of students graduating from city high schools will have to take remedial courses. Schools Chancellor Joel Klein told the Daily News the number has declined in recent years, but more work was needed.
"We need to raise high school graduation standards," Klein said. "I supported the elimination of the local diploma, which I think will put greater pressure on us."
Local diplomas, which are less demanding than their Regents counterparts, are slated to be phased out.
In 1999, CUNY stopped offering remedial courses at its four-year colleges. The number of first-time freshman taking remedial courses has since grown 20% to about 8,700 last year.