Florida "Ahead of the Curve" in preparing students for college

Florida Education
Posted at 5:46 PM, Dec 06, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-06 17:46:00-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (DOE)-- A policy report from Jobs for the Future recognizes Florida for its efforts in developmental education innovation. The report outlines Florida’s participation in and lessons learned from the Developmental Education Initiative, a national program designed to improve the success of academically under prepared students who enter community colleges.

Chancellor of the Florida College System Randy Hanna said, “The Florida College System continues to explore institutional strategies and state policies that can improve success outcomes for students who enroll in our system and test into developmental education." “We are committed to meeting the needs of all students to help them succeed in college-level courses and beyond.” 

The report identifies Florida’s Post secondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) as a major step forward for the nation in assessment and placement innovation. The PERT is a customized placement test based on Florida’s competencies for college readiness. In addition to being administered to students seeking admission to the Florida College System, it is also given to 11th grade students to evaluate their preparedness for college-level work.  

Florida is not stopping there. In October, Florida Department of Education's Division of Florida Colleges hosted the Developmental Education Summit at St. Petersburg College. The summit brought together state and national experts, policy makers, educators, and administrators to discuss the state of developmental education and identify success strategies for Florida’s future.