Redesigning Remediation through ‘Learning to Learn’

February 14, 2017 — Boston College ‘s Learning to Learn model is getting results – 95 percent of the 150+ low-income, underrepresented and first-generation college students who completed the course in the last decade successfully earned a degree in four years. This alternative to remedial courses teaches critical thinking, reading, note-taking and test preparation skills through a 3 credit course, leading to “sustained, long term impact” in the way students learn. For more information, read the full article from the Washington Post here, or check out our report Seizing the Moment for more information on the ways colleges are transforming first year experiences, including remediation.

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Additional Resources from Higher Ed for Higher Standards

The Leveraging ESSA series to provides several resources to support higher ed and K-12 collaboration in state ESSA plans.

Aligning Expectations
The Aligning Expectations toolkit helps higher education leaders get involved in states’ reviews of  standards and/or assessments.

Alignment Policy Brief
The Alignment Policy Brief Series is designed to elevate best practices and inform higher ed leaders of emerging collaborations with K-12.

Seizing the Moment
The Seizing the Moment report on community college alignment shows how collaboration with K–12 can better support students.

Massachusetts Higher Ed and Business: ‘MCAS not good enough for today’s world’

November 3, 2015 — Richard Freeland, former state commissioner of higher education from 2008 to 2015 and president of Northeastern University 1996-2006, and John Davis, chairman and CEO of the American Saw and Manufacturing Company, cite high remediation rates, and an increasingly globalized business environment in support of assessments aligned to higher standards, rather than a measurement system designed nearly 20 years ago. Read the full op-ed in the Boston Globe.

An editorial in the Boston Business Journal also cited remediation rates and argued that business should ‘face the future’ and support assessments aligned to more rigorous standards.


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Massachusetts Higher Ed Support Aligned Assessments

October 6, 2015  — Former Commissioner of Higher Education Richard Freeland and former Commissioner of Education Robert Antonucci, who retired as Fitchburg State University president this year,  spoke out this week at an event hosted by the Boston Foundation on college readiness. Citing high remediation rates, the two underscored the importance of aligned assessments, “I think it’s time for us to talk less about how great we are and more about how many students are failing,” Freeland said. “And that’s what PARCC is about.” View a recording or read more from the Lowell Sun or the Bay State Banner.


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