Programs Bolster ND Students’ College Prep for Math, English

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Programs Bolster ND Students’ College Prep for Math, English

BISMARCK, N.D., Jan. 25, 2018 – State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said Thursday that two  high school instructional programs can save time and money for students who plan to attend a North Dakota college after they graduate from high school.

The programs are called College Ready English and Math (CREAM) and College Lab for English and Math (CLEM). They offer similar instruction for high school seniors. Both are meant to make sure students are well prepared to take English and math classes for credit during their first year at a North Dakota college, instead of paying for remediation classes for which they earn no credit.

The primary difference between the two is that CREAM courses are taught by teachers in the student’s high school, while CLEM is offered entirely online by the Center for Distance Education in Fargo.

Students who earn a course grade of at least 70 percent on CREAM or CLEM math and English coursework will not have to take remedial courses in those subjects at the 11 schools within the North Dakota University System, Baesler said.

“If our students are going to graduate from our high schools and receive a North Dakota diploma, that diploma should mean something,” Baesler said. “It should mean that they are ready.”

Students who may need additional work in math and English during their senior years in high school are identified by their grade-point averages, their scores on the North Dakota State Assessment, or their results on the ACT or SAT college entrance exams. North Dakota law requires all high school juniors to take the ACT.

“By using CREAM or CLEM, our North Dakota students can make sure they are better prepared if they choose to go to college,” Baesler said. “In college remediation classes, students do not earn credit toward graduation. CREAM and CLEM offer a more convenient option for students, at little or no cost.”

Since 2015, the North Dakota Legislature has included money in the Department of Public Instruction’s budget to allow students to take CREAM courses at no cost. The NDDPI has teamed up with Dakota College at Bottineau to make CREAM available to high school students within their school, at no cost to the school.

The NDDPI has additional information about the CREAM and CLEM programs available here.