High School to College Success

ILDS Priority Area


​The ILDS prioritizes the tracking of Illinois students through the transition from high school to postsecondary education.

Projects report and analyze college enrollment and performance data for Illinois’ public high school graduates. Example data include remediation rates for students enrolling in the Illinois Community College System.

                  Illinois Report Card - Post Secondary Remediation Page



​​​​Why do we need to understand re​​​mediation rates for Illinois students?

Remedial education refers to classes that are taken on a college campus that are below college level. Student​s pay tuition and use financial aid for remedial classes, but do not receive college credit. Often, students enter higher education unprepared for the rigor of college level courses, particularly in reading, writing, and math.

Taking remedial courses in college is costly, because it often extends the amount of time a student will spend in school. It also affects most those students who can afford it least; non-traditional adult learners, low-income, Hispanic, and African American students comprise the largest percentage of students that require remediation at the postsecondary level.

Understanding the remediation rates of students graduating from Illinois high schools allows school district and higher education officials to make better decisions about the methods to ensure more students are ready for college-level courses.​