Florida Colleges Brace for the End of Required Remediation

Entering students no longer have to take placement tests that once flagged those who needed help before moving on to college-level courses.

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Feb. 25, 2014, 9:36 a.m.

Here’s a roundup of the edu­ca­tion art­icles that caught Next Amer­ica’s eye from Feb. 17 to 24. All ad­dress trends that par­tic­u­larly af­fect minor­ity stu­dents.

Will Ban­ning Re­medi­ation Hurt or Help Flor­ida Stu­dents? Flor­ida col­leges are nervous about a new state law that pre­vents in­sti­tu­tions from re­quir­ing re­cent state high school gradu­ates to take de­vel­op­ment­al classes. By mak­ing place­ment tests op­tion­al, law­makers hope to give stu­dents more free­dom to choose their courses, and per­haps cut down on the num­ber of stu­dents pay­ing col­lege tu­ition to re­view high school ma­ter­i­al. But some edu­cat­ors worry that stu­dents will en­roll in col­lege-level classes be­fore they’re ready to suc­ceed in them. Wall Street Journ­al

Most Texas Eighth-Graders Don’t Go On to Earn Col­lege De­grees. State data show that few­er than one-fifth of Texas chil­dren who entered eighth grade in 2001 went on to earn a high­er-edu­ca­tion cre­den­tial 11 years later — and that the achieve­ment gap is grow­ing. Dis­ad­vant­aged stu­dents who entered eighth grade in 1996 were 17.4 per­cent­age points less likely to earn a post-sec­ond­ary cre­den­tial than their more af­flu­ent peers; in 2001, the gap was 19.2 per­cent­age points. About two-thirds of Texas pub­lic school chil­dren today are non­white. Texas Tribune

Wash­ing­ton State Le­gis­lature Ap­proves State Fin­an­cial Aid for ‘Dream­ers.’ The state Le­gis­lature passed a bill that would ex­pand state fin­an­cial aid to stu­dents who gradu­ated from state high schools and have lived in-state for at least three years, lessen­ing the bur­den of col­lege costs on stu­dents brought to the U.S. il­leg­ally as chil­dren. Gov. Jay Inslee strongly sup­ports the meas­ure, which now heads to his desk for a sig­na­ture. As­so­ci­ated Press

Where Did the U.S. News Archives Go? The U.S. News rank­ings don’t give in­sti­tu­tions cred­it for re­cruit­ing low-in­come, minor­ity stu­dents, and some of the cri­ter­ia can act­ively harm ef­forts to re­cruit those demo­graph­ics, elite col­lege ad­min­is­trat­ors re­cently told Na­tion­al Journ­al. Des­pite the im­port­ance of these rank­ings to col­leges and ap­plic­ants, U.S. News has elim­in­ated its on­line archives pri­or to 2007, and there doesn’t seem to be an on­line re­cord of how rank­ings meth­od­o­logy has changed over time, James Fal­lows writes. The At­lantic

Turn­ing Dis­ad­vant­aged Kids In­to Chess Cham­pi­ons by Teach­ing Them How to Think. Blog­ger Shane Par­rish pub­lished a com­pel­ling ac­count of an in­ner-city chess coach’s suc­cess, taken from Paul Tough’s 2013 book How Chil­dren Suc­ceed: Grit, Curi­os­ity, and the Hid­den Power of Char­ac­ter. One of the ways coach Eliza­beth Spiegel helps kids be­come chess cham­pi­ons? En­cour­aging them to slow down and think be­fore mak­ing a move. In oth­er words, she teaches them self-con­trol. Farnam Street

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