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Study Casts Doubt on Value of Remedial Math for College

A study released Thursday compared the effectiveness of three tracks offered to about 900 entering community college students in the City University of New York system who needed remedial math. Participants in the experiment were randomly assigned: one group to a remedial algebra course that did not yield credit; another to the same remedial course with weekly workshops to provide extra help; a third to a college-level statistics course with the workshops.

Results for the third group surpassed those for the two that were in remedial courses, the researchers reported.