Report: More than half of high school students in Fayette and McDowell weren't ready for college

CHARLESTON, WV (WOAY) – More than half of high school graduates in Fayette and McDowell Counties need to take remedial classes so they’ll be ready for entry-level college classes, according to a new report presented Thursday in Charleston.

The state-wide average is about 31 percent, according to the Charleston Gazette-Mail, which attended the presentation.

But the numbers in the southern part of the state are higher.  The Fayette County it’s 53 percent.  McDowell is even higher, at 60 percent.

The numbers are better Raleigh and Mercer Counties, coming in at 37 and 34 percent respectively.


“What you’re seeing is, socioeconomic conditions that students face are a strong predictor of college success,” said Chris Treadway, the interim director of research and analysis who completed the report.

The report doesn’t reflect students who went to school out of the state or who went to the state’s private colleges.


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