Mixed Impact of Florida Reform of Remedial Education

July 7, 2016

Since Florida took away the ability of community colleges to require remedial education, enrollment in entry college-level courses has gone up and the enrollment in remedial courses has dropped, according to a new report from Florida State University researchers. That's roughly what legislators wanted to happen. But the report also found that the passing rates of the college-level gateway courses dropped. Trends were similar for various demographic groups except that black students experienced a larger decline in the odds of passing entry-level English.

“The findings as a whole from our early analyses suggest that it is still important to advise students who are severely academically underprepared to take developmental courses instead of taking gateway courses without any developmental education support,” said a statement from Toby Park, an assistant professor in the Florida State College of Education.

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