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.
Rose Asera, a researcher/evaluator who works with the RP Group, traces the history of developmental education reform in California from the early 2000s to the present day.
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.
Erin Whinnery, a policy researcher for Education Commission of the States, reviews recent state legislative action regarding developmental education in three broad areas: delivery and governance, accountability and reporting, and financing and affordability.
At CAPR's annual meeting on June 29, a discussion between CAPR’s Nikki Edgecombe, Dustin Weeden of the National Conference of State Legislatures, and Christina Whitfield of the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association turned up valuable insights for higher education reformers. CCRC Communications Specialist Elizabeth Ganga highlights the main points from this session.
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.
Olga Rodríguez, a research fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California, describes how assessment and placement practices vary across the state's community colleges. This post is based on testimony given to the California State Senate Education Committee on April 19, 2017, on Senate Bill 319, which would require community colleges to inform incoming students about remediation policies and test preparation opportunities.