Reforming Remediation to Support College Completion

March 21, 2017 — A new report College Completion: Focus on the Finish Line from the National Center for Developmental Education calls for closer collaboration between community colleges, public schools, and community services, improved teaching and learning and fully integrated courses and student support services as three main phases of college success. “Focus[ing] on the finish line, not just first hundred meters” means looking beyond just remediation to the full range of supports necessary to support student persistence, and ultimately, completion.


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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.

Louisiana Higher Ed and K-12 Join Forces to Tackle Remediation in High School

February 22, 2017 —The Louisiana Board of Regents and the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education are collaborating to tackle an all too common problem: too many students aren’t ready for college when they graduate. “Our initiative is to have those remedial issues fixed in high school,” Joseph Rallo, Louisiana Commissioner of Higher Education, said in The Advertiser , “Before (61) percent of students graduate and need remediation in math, let’s fix it in high school or in the summer before they go to college. That is our recommendation.” These recommendations focus on three issues: the need for remediation, opportunities to remediate in high school and how to pay for it, painting a comprehensive picture of the state’s education systems, needs, assets, gaps, and barriers in response to Act 619. For more information on how precollege interventions can improve preparedness and reduce remediation, check out our alignment brief.


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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.

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.

Accelerate Student Transitions. Attack Education’s Toughest Challenges.

February 7, 2017 — Shannon Gilkey, Organizer for Higher Ed for Higher Standards and Director at Education Strategy Group, penned a blog post for the Hunt Institute, “Accelerate Student Transitions. Attack Education’s Toughest Challenges.” Highlighting TN SAILS and Smart Scholars in NY , this blog focuses on scaling successful models to smooth student transitions from K-12 to postsecondary into credit-bearing coursework.


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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.

We don’t know how many students in college aren’t ready for college. That matters

January 30, 2017 —  Higher education leaders are familiar with the challenges of remediation. But a recent article from The Hechinger Report highlights a different facet of the issues surrounding remediation: in many cases, we don’t have reliable data. K-12 and postsecondary partnerships are deepening their focus on producing “college-ready” graduates, while increasing supports for underprepared students – but without better data, it’s hard to tell whether any of this is working. Read the full article here or check out our new report, Destination Known: Valuing College and Career Readiness in State Accountability Systems, for more information on the importance of good data in measuring student progress and success.


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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.

H.S. Classes Offer Bypass to Remedial Courses

October 26, 2016 —Edweek recently featured Washington, Hawaii and Tennessee’s work to offer remedial coursework in high school. Important keys to success across state examples include K-12 and higher education faculty collaboration throughout the process, and a focus on rigor centered on setting a true bar for college readiness. This seeming simple approach to college remediation – taking care of readiness problems while students are still in high school is gaining ground, and early findings show success in catapulting students into credit bearing coursework. See more on reducing remediation through transition courses and assessments aligned to college ready benchmarks from our alignment policy brief.


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Minnesota Reduces Remediation; Saves Students $15.6 Million

October 18, 2016 — Minnesota colleges and universities schools are getting their students into credit-bearing college courses sooner, saving millions of dollars in tuition and fees, and boosting their chances of earning a degree. Last year, 12 percent of the system’s new students were enrolled in remedial courses, but four years earlier, that figure was 18 percent, a decrease that saves students $15.6 million on tuition and fees this year alone. Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, vice chancellor for academic and student affairs, Ron Anderson, credits the decrease in remedial course placement to working closely with districts to align curriculum and assessments, using multiple measures to accurately place students, and providing for accelerated options to speed student completion. Read more from Twin Cities Pioneer Press, and for more on collaborating with K-12 to improve student success, see our report Seizing the Moment.


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Remediation & the Connection to Postsecondary Outcomes

September 14, 2016 — A new report from the National Center for Educational Statistics examines the impact of remediation course-taking on key postsecondary outcomes, including earning college-level English and math credits and persisting through college for both 2- and 4-year students. Findings from the study, using nationally representative data from student transcripts from 2003 – 2009, suggested “misalignment between high school and college academic standards” and the variable policies on remedial education and placement across states and institutions as some of the obstacles to student success. The report concludes that understanding the barriers students face, can help colleges and universities “better identify struggling students, design strategies to help them overcome their hurdles, and make remedial programs more effective in retaining students and enabling them to progress to college-level curricula and beyond.”


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Stuck at Square One: College Students Increasingly Caught in Remedial Education Trap

August 26, 2016 — Listen or read this compelling piece that discusses the history and current context of the issue of remediation, while also focusing  in on several students’ stories as examples.


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Illinois Community College Board Announces Lowered Remediation Rates

July 28, 2016 — Diverse Education reports that “between 2011 and 2015, the state has seen a 24-percent reduction in the number of community college students enrolling in developmental education,” according to officials from the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB). The third largest system in the nation credits its successes — despite severe budget issues — to both system-wide and college-specific initiatives around co-requisite remediation and greater collaboration with local high schools. Read more from Diverse Education here, and for more on community colleges collaborating with K-12 to reduce remediation, see our report, Seizing the Moment.


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