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From the ECS State Policy Database: Postsecondary Academic Affairs--Developmental/Remediation/Placement - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

NextDev Challenge: Statewide Remedial Education Redesign PDF - The online NextDev Challenge event, hosted by the Education Commission of the States’ Getting Past Go remedial education project, solicited program ideas that could improve outcomes in developmental education. This brief examines efforts in Colorado, West Virginia, and Tennessee to design and implement statewide remedial education reforms. (HCM Strategists and ECS, May 2013)...

Using State Policies to Ensure Effective Assessment and Placement in Remedial Education PDF - Recent research has highlighted the limitations of commonly used assessments for placing students into remedial education. This policy brief by ECS’ Getting Past Go project examined state and postsecondary system policies that regulate assessment and placement in light of the emerging research. The paper suggests that states and systems could increase the success of underprepared students through more effective policies and practices. (Mary Fulton, Education Commission of the States, May 2012)...

Choosing Who Delivers: The Impact of Placing Limits on the Delivery of Remedial Education at Four-Year Institutions PDF - From ECS' Getting Past Go website, this brief examines state and system policies that limit four-year institutions from delivering developmental education and considered the potential impacts of these policies on student success. (Matthew Smith, 2012)...

State Reporting on Developmental Education Analysis of Findings MS Word PDF - ECS' “Getting Past Go” collected, summarized and analyzed more than 50 state and higher education system reports on developmental education. (Mary Fulton, Education Commission of the States, April 2010) ...

A Common Framework for Remedial Reporting: Response to Remedial Reporting Task Force Recommendations - In December 2013, the Education Commission of the States (ECS) convened a steering committee of state education policy leaders from throughout the nation to discuss the implications of the inconsistent remedial education reporting practices in the states. After the conversation, the Remedial Reporting Steering Committee, which included elected officials, chief state school officers, state higher education executive officers and numerous education policy experts, advanced two recommendations. (Fulton, Gianneschi, ECS, July 2014)...

A Cure for Remedial Reporting Chaos: Why the U.S. Needs a Standard Method for Measuring Preparedness for the First Year of College - The purpose of this paper is to review state-level practices that identify, track and regularly report the numbers of students identified for remedial instruction. In doing so, the Education Commission of the States (ECS) hopes to begin a national dialogue regarding if and how states could share information about students’ referral to and success in remedial and college-level courses. (Fulton, Gianneschi, ECS, July 2014)...

Developmental Strategies For College Readiness And Success PDF - This 50-page resource guide is intended to provide an overview of the many initiatives underway in states to help students who enroll in college but are deemed not yet ready for college-level work. Efforts underway in at least 25 states to reduce the need for college remediation and improve college readiness and success are showcased. (Fulton, Gianneschi, Blanco, DeMaria; ECS, April 2014) ...

Increasing Access to College-Level Math: Early Outcomes Using the Virginia Placement Test - In spring 2012, the Virginia Community College System introduced a new math placement test, the Virginia Placement Test (VPT). The system also introduced a new placement policy in which different math skills were required for liberal arts and STEM majors. After the VPT, a greater proportion of students placed into and enrolled in college-level math classes which boosted course completion for the cohort as a whole. However, pass rates for students who enrolled in entry-level classes declined modestly. (Olga Rodriguez, Community College Research Center, April 2014)...

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