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I read this article. I was reminded of another article that appeared in
the The SUN: Thursday, May 29, 1997:

"Many Md. high school graduates need remedial work, reports says"

And the title of this report:

"Most High School Grads Ready for College; College Prep Curriculum A
Factor In Success"

A few quotes with reorganized summary data and glosssry terms from the
report, Student Outcome and Achievement Report, or SOAR:

"Annapolis (May 29,1997)- Most 1995 Maryland high school graduates who
completed a college prep program ["core" curriculum) and went on to
college in Maryland were prepared for college-level studies, according to
a report by the Maryland Higher Education Commission."

"The Study found that 90 percent of those graduate attending University of
Maryland System (UMS) campuses were not required to take remedial
instruction in mathematics. Only six percent needed English remediation,
and five percent were placed in reading remediation classes."

"Non-core students had higher remediation rates."

And the higher remediation rates:

Core:         10% math;  6% English; 5% reading
Non-Core:     17% math; 10% English; 9% reading

And the no remediation rates:

Core:         90 math;  94 English;  95 reading
None-Core     83 math;  90 English;  91 reading

"When the Higher Education Commission analyzed the SOAR data, it found
that the best predictor of college performance is a student's grade point
average in high school."

From the Glossary of Terms:

Core: Students who are determined as taken or planned to take a college
preparatory curriculum consisting of 4 or more years of English, 2 or more
years of natural science, 3 or more years of social science/history, 2 or
more years of foreign language and 3 or more years of mathemetics.

None-Core: Students who are determined as "not" meeting Core requirements.
Students who did not take SAT/ACT tests are undetermined and excluded.