In 2013, the Florida legislature passed a law eliminating placement test requirements for high school students and allowing them to decide whether they wanted to enroll in developmental education courses. This blog post describes research findings related to the reform, which indicate it has improved equity outcomes and accelerated student progress.
From Islands of Innovation to an Isthmus of Equity: Lessons from Developmental Education Reform in Florida
Christopher Mullin shares three lessons from Florida's experience with state-mandated developmental education reforms that made remediation optional for the vast majority of students.
With colleges around the country experimenting with reforms to developmental education, researchers are partnering with them to measure the effect of the changes. Today, we're rounding up some recent studies of developmental ed reforms, including Florida’s dramatic overhaul from 2013, California’s growing movement to reform placement and developmental pathways, and Virginia and North Carolina’s efforts to combine developmental reading and writing into one literacy-reinforcing discipline.
Several states are considering major changes to dev ed. Find out what's on the legislative docket, get the latest findings on reforms in CUNY and Oregon community colleges, and more in our CAPR link roundup.