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Steps Can Be Taken to Reduce Remediation Rates; 78% of Community College Students, 10% of University Students Need Remediation, Report No. 06-40, April 2006
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  • In 2003-04, 78% of students enrolling at Florida’s community colleges and 10% of students enrolling at the state’s public universities required remediation in mathematics, reading, and/or writing.  Almost two-thirds (62%) of students in need of remediation required preparation in multiple subject areas.  Students who do not take rigorous academic courses while in high school are significantly more likely to need remediation, as are students who delay their postsecondary education for several years.
  • The cost of remediation courses taken by students was $118.3 million during 2004-05 (the most recent data available), with the state paying 53% ($62.9 million) of this amount.
  • Over the past 10 years, Florida has implemented several initiatives and programs to help improve the academic skills of high school graduates.  However, remediation rates have improved little since 1997.  This is likely because the general focus of most of Florida’s educational improvement initiatives has been on improving educational outcomes in the K-12 system and not specifically on improving college readiness. 
  • To address this problem, the state could better align K‑12 Sunshine State Standards with college readiness expectations, increase high school graduation requirements, and improve collaboration between Florida high schools and the state’s community colleges and public universities.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

College Preparatory and Remediation
Public Schools (K-12 Education)
Education System
Board of Governors
Florida College System
Remedial and Supplemental Instruction
State University System

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 08-47 Steps Taken to Reduce the Need for College Remediation; Accountability Processes Should Be Strengthened, published in July 2008.
  • Report No. 07-31 Half of College Students Needing Remediation Drop Out; Remediation Completers Do Almost as Well as Other Students, published in May 2007.
  • Report No. 06-26 Most Students Receive College Credit for Accelerated Courses; Programs Reduce University Class Time, published in March 2006.

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