Academic journal article Journal of Developmental Education

New Reports from Education Commission of the States

Academic journal article Journal of Developmental Education

New Reports from Education Commission of the States

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A Cure for Remedial Reporting Chaos

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 ofthe 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.

In fall 2013, ECS collected information on statelevel remedial education reporting and standards. ECS established the Remedial Reporting Steering Committee, comprised of elected officials, state education policy officers and education experts. The members of this steering committee include Colorado Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia, Idaho State Sen. John Goedde and Massachusetts Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester, who served as chairs. A complete list of members is contained in the appendices.

The findings in this report reveal that there is little consistency across the states regarding how and when remediation is measured and reported. Afewstates-Colorado, Nevada and Texas-prepare robust annual reports with information concerning placement, student characteristics and outcomes, and costs. Others, including Nebraska, Pennsylvania and Vermont, do not appear to report remedial data. Even among states that regularly report on remediation, the methods used to count and monitor students vary widely. As a result, it is not possible to accurately measure the incidence of remediation in many states ortoconduct cross-state analyses of efforts intended to improve remedial outcomes.

In response to these conditions, the Remedial Reporting Steering Committee developed two major recommendations to remedy the inconsistency in reporting on and measuring state remedial rates. …

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