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ERIC Number: EJ1210315
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-1383
Re-Envisioning College Readiness Reforms: Florida's Statewide Initiative and Promising Practices in Other States
Mokher, Christine G.; Barnett, Elisabeth; Leeds, Daniel M.; Harris, Julie C.
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, v51 n2 p14-23 2019
There is nationwide concern about the number of high-school students who graduate unprepared to take college-level courses and students' lack of awareness of their college readiness. According to the Center for Community College Student Engagement (2016), 86 percent of community college students thought they were prepared academically for college, but 67 percent were placed in developmental education courses. An increasingly popular state policy response is to offer an early assessment of college readiness while students are still in high school, followed by college readiness or "transition" courses by grade 12 for students who score below college-ready. Florida was one of the first states to adopt a policy of this kind, the Florida College and Career Readiness Initiative (FCCRI), and it is one of the only states where a long-term evaluation has been completed. This article begins with an examination of how the FCCRI was intended to improve college readiness and provides a summary of research findings on the initiative's effectiveness. Using insights from qualitative research that was conducted in Florida and lessons learned through work in other states, the authors detail seven broad recommendations that could help programs more effectively meet student needs. They are: (1) Appropriately target student participation based on achievement levels; (2) Determine the level of resources needed to support the program's design; (3) Provide support for effective instructional practices; (4) Ensure support resources are widely accessible to those on the front-line of implementation; (5) Begin providing college readiness curricula in earlier grade levels; (6) Provide more opportunities for cross-sector collaboration; and (7) Utilize data collection and feedback to monitor student progress. Other states are encouraged to create transition course initiatives that take into account lessons learned in Florida, as well as consider promising practices from other states.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R305E120010