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Incentives Help Florida College Students Complete Math Courses, Study Finds

Hillsborough Community College students who were paid cash bonuses were more likely to complete remedial math courses and meet with math tutors, according to a new study from social science research firm MDRC. The study looked at students in Hillsborough Community College’s Mathematics Access Performance Scholarship program, which pays students $600 per semester for three […]

FSU Will Examine Florida Colleges’ Remedial Course Changes

Florida State University researchers have won a grant to study the effects of a new state law making remedial math, reading and writing courses optional for many students at Florida’s two- and four-year state colleges. Students who entered high school in the past decade and earned Florida’s standard high school diploma no longer have to […]

The Best Of StateImpact Florida From 2013

From Common Core, to Florida’s next standardized test and changes to high school graduation requirement, education was a top story time and again this year. Here’s a selection of some of our most important, interesting and favorite education stories of 2013. Click on the headlines to read the full story and listen to the broadcast […]

Why Florida Educators Want To Change Arts Accountability In Schools

When Allison Rojas looks at a painting by Alice Neel, the high school junior sees more than a seated woman in a purple sari. “She uses very bold lines as you can see,” says Rojas. “Very fleshy paintings.” Rojas has an eye that’s been trained in fine arts classes at Miami’s Design and Architecture Senior […]

Florida Matters: The End Of Remedial College Classes

Half of Florida students who take the state’s college placement exam end up failing at least one section. In the past, those students would have brush up in remedial reading, writing or math courses before starting their college degree. But a new Florida law will allow most recent high school graduates to skip those remedial […]

More Pressure On Advisers As Florida Colleges Eliminate Remedial Courses

The average adviser at Hillsborough Community College is responsible for 1,500 students. Thanks to a new law eliminating most remedial reading, writing and math courses at Florida community colleges, those advisers need to touch base with every new and returning student before the spring semester starts. Advisers and other support staff guide students as they […]

How Hillsborough Community College Is Advising Students About Remedial Classes

Most students at Florida’s community colleges now have a choice about whether they want to take the state’s college placement test and any remedial reading, writing and math courses they might require. The law takes effect this spring — and students are registering for classes right now. As a result, colleges have to check in […]

Read Florida’s New Law Making Remedial College Courses Voluntary

Many students who enroll in Florida community colleges will no longer have to take remedial reading, writing and math courses starting this spring. That’s because Florida lawmakers approved a law (SB 1720) which makes the courses and placement test voluntary for many students. Remedial courses force students to pay for refresher classes before starting on […]

Why Remedial Classes Are No Longer Required At Florida Colleges

Khadejah Gilbert found out she wasn’t quite ready for higher education when she enrolled in Hillsborough Community College. She’s one of many students who had to take brush up in basic subjects before starting her associate of arts degree in liberal arts. The classes cost money, but don’t come with any credit “I took prep […]

Feedback Loop: More About Math Edcuation

Yesterday we wrote about a National Center on Education and the Economy study which argued students were learning a lot of math they won’t end up using in their career. And schools were not spending enough time on more fundamental concepts in elementary and middle school which were more likely to be used by workers. […]

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