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College Board Aims to Boost Readiness With Online Tool

The College Board and Pearson unveiled a new online tool today to help students who struggle get up to speed with college-level courses. It's a potentially large market—nearly 60 percent of students at community colleges arrive on campus in need of remediation.

The College Board partnered with Pearson, a private education company, to launch the targeted assessment and remediation program, ACCUPLACER/MyFoundationLab.

The College Board's ACCUPLACER tests assess the math, reading, and writing skills of high school and college students to help determine the best placement for students in college courses. With this new program, results from the ACCUPLACER tests are used to identify a student's strengths and weaknesses and then build individualized lessons, tutorials, and practice exercises that give instant feedback to help students master college readiness skills.

The new program, which could be used in high schools or college, lets students advance at their own pace. The hope is that it can enhance student's college readiness, allowing them to bypass some developmental education courses on campus and save them money.

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