Ahead of the Curve: State Success in the Development Education Initiative

Less than 25 percent of college students who take any developmental education courses earn a credential within eight years. Over the past three years, the six states in the Developmental Education Initiative have developed and enacted unprecedented changes in policy and practice in an effort to improve outcomes in developmental classes. The reforms by Connecticut, Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, and Virginia are designed to help more students who are placed in to developmental education accelerate into credit-bearing college courses and continue their momentum through to credentials with value. The network of states in DEI undertook bold reforms such as redesigning the delivery of remediation, improving the collection and use of student data to guide priorities and investment, and enacting outcomes-based funding to provide incentives for colleges to encourage innovative solutions to long-standing performance challenges.

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