A growing percentage of high school graduates in West Virginia who attend the state's public colleges need to take remedial classes to be ready for entry-level college classes, according to a new report presented to the board that oversees West Virginia's two-year colleges.

About 31 percent of of college-going students who graduated in the In spring of 2016 had test scores low enough that required them to enroll in a remedial class when they went to college.

The top five counties that required graduates to take remedial classes, according to the report, include Logan 61%, Calhoun and McDowell 60%, Gilmer 59% and Fayette 53%.

Calhoun has a significant shortfall of students entering and graduating from college.

"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. He was referring to a series of maps that show low-income areas largely coincide with counties that graduate students needing remedial classes.

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