Remedial Education reform: seeing the whole picture

A few days ago CAHS presented at the Capitol our latest report: "Developmental Education Reform: Ensuring Success for All in Connecticut".

The report discusses the implementation of PA 12-40, the remedial ed reform bill approved by the legislature two years ago, and how it will affect new community college students. Our focus is, above all, in those students that need the most remedial education - usually adult workers that have been outside of academic environments the longest, usually low income or minority. These students often require several remedial courses before they are considered to be ready to attend college-level classes - and under the old, pre-reform system, often were discouraged and left way before they even finished them.

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Student status after three years, by age.

Our report is divided in four different sections:

  1. Why reform was needed - with a brief look at completition rates by group, and how remedial education was the least effective with adult students and minorities.
  2. An overview of the reform - including a description of the new "tiered" system established by the reform and a special focus on those groups that need the most remedial education.
  3. Challenges facing the reform - an overview of potential issues that students might be facing.
  4. Policy recommendations - including the need for more resources.

You can find the full report here. For more details on the basic framework of PA 12-40, the Board of Regents has an excellent FAQ page.

The legislature is considering adding additional resources for the implementation of the law this session. Last week the Appropriations Committee increased the budget allocation for developmental education from $4.5 to $11 Million. It is still unclear if the funds will be dedicated to transitional programs, those serving students that need the most remediation. CAHS will continue following this issue in the coming weeks and months, tracking the roll our of the reform.

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