Remediation or a remedial program is for students who have average or higher intellectual abilities but who are not performing well in school. Typically, remedial students are not struggling because of their intellectual abilities but instead because they are struggling with one subject area like reading, writing or mathematics. Remedial programs are designed to help give the students the individual attention that they need to build their skills and their confidence so that they can live up to their potential.
At the post-secondary level, remediation is delivered on both 2-year community college and 4-year university campuses. The bulk of remedial courses focus on advancing under-prepared students’ literacy skills (English and reading) or math skills.
- Remedial programs offer more individualized instruction than full class instruction.
- Remediation teachers should have special training in remedial programs.
- Remedial program should be research-based.
- Some school districts and states use response to intervention (RTI) or multi-tier system of supports (MTSS) frameworks to help students who are struggling. The RTI process emphasizes keeping track of how students respond to instructional interventions. Students who have gaps in their learning because of frequent absences or attention issues can often benefit from this type of remediation.
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