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1 Principles of Remedial Education Reform Bruce Vandal, Education Commission of the States October 24, 2011

2 The Remedial Education Hurdle High percentage of students in remedial education 40% of all students, 58% of community college students (Attewell et.al, 2006) Low college attainment rates Less than 25% of community college students in remedial education earn a degree in 8 years. (Bailey, 2008) High cost to students and state $2.3 – 2.9 billion. (Strong American Schools, 2008)

3 Most Fail to “Get Past Go” Progress on Remedial Sequence of ATD Students After 1 Academic Year Bailey, et al, 2008

4 The Remedial Education Sequence AssessmentPlacementEnrollmentCompletion

5 Traditional Remedial Sequence Assessment Take single standardized exam Placement Cut score determines placement in one or more levels of remedial education Enrollment Students take 1 or more courses consecutively before enrolling in gateway courses Completion Success is defined as completion of remedial course

6 Principles of Remedial Reform Principle 1 Completion of College-Level Gateway Course in a Program of Study is the Measure of Success

7 Too Few Complete Gateway Courses Fall 2007 Remedial Math Course Number of New Freshmen Enrolled Passed First Remedial Course Enrolled in Subsequent Remedial Math Passed Subsequent Remedial Math Enrolled College- Math within 3-years Passed College Math 3 levels below college %40.0%30.6%15.5%12.5% 2 levels below college %47.0%32.1%23.3%18.0% 1 level below college %64.7%51.8%

8 Principles of Remedial Reform Principle 2 Enrollment in a gateway college course should be the default placement for students

9 A leaking pipeline Fall 2007 Remedial Math Course Number of New Freshmen Enrolled Passed First Remedial Course Enrolled in Subsequent Remedial Math Passed Subsequent Remedial Math Enrolled College Math within 3-years Passed College Math 3 levels below college %40.0%30.6%15.5%12.5% 2 levels below college %47.0%32.1%23.3%18.0% 1 level below college %64.7%51.8%

10 Austin Peay’s Structured Assistance Results Traditional- DSPM 0800 Traditional – DSPM 0850 Traditional College Ready Redesign Math Thought and Practice 11.6%43.5%85%76.3% Fundamentals of Statistics 7.5%28.8%56.2%61.2%

11 Principles of Remedial Reform Principle 3 All Students Should Have the Opportunity to Complete Remedial Education in a Single Semester

12 Fewer remedial courses is better Fall 2007 Remedial Math Course Number of New Freshmen Enrolled Passed First Remedial Course Enrolled in Subsequent Remedial Math Passed Subsequent Remedial Math Enrolled Math 120 or Higher within 3- years Passed Math 120 or Higher 3 levels below college %40.0%30.6%15.5%12.5% 2 levels below college %47.0%32.1%23.3%18.0% 1 level below college %64.7%51.8%

13 Los Medanos Path2Stats Course

14 Principles of Remedial Reform Principle 4 Students Should Only Receive Remedial Instruction in the Content Required for their Academic Program of Choice

15 Curricular Pathways are Key Art English Humanities College Math Psychology Political Science Statistics Science Technology Engineering Math Algebra Calculus

16 Principles of Remedial Reform Principle 5 College Placement Should be Based on Multiple and More Precise Assessments

17 Assessment/Placement strategies Multiple Measures of Assessment  HS GPA, HS Curriculum, Diagnostic Assessments, Measure of Student Motivation Assessment should inform student choices, not sort students into multiple levels Audit and standardize “intake” process Develop more holistic student supports for students Collaborate with K-12 to do early assessments

18 Principles of Remedial Reform Principle 6 Institutions should be held accountable for success of students in remedial education

19 Remedial Education Policy Framework Workforce Development College Completion Productivity Cost Control Hurdles Policy and Strategy Funding Assessment-Placement- Delivery Data Performance and Measured Outcomes Continuous Improvement

20 Principles of Remedial Reform Principle 7 New system and state policies should be the result of successful innovation and a commitment to scale

21 Accelerated Remedial Sequence Assessment Use of multiple tools to include HS curriculum, HS GPA and diagnostic academic assessment Placement Placement provides information to both faculty and student about options Maps student progress through a program of study Enrollment Co-Enrollment in Remedial and College- Level Course Single semester remedial option Contextualized instruction in program of study Completion Success is defined as completion of gateway course Enrollment in a program of study Earning a credential

22 For More Information Bruce Vandal


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