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Colleges See Some Success Since Slashing Remedial Classes

South Florida’s less prepared college students are skipping remedial education and heading straight to college-level courses, with better results than many expected.

Community college students who scored low on a placement test used to be required to take noncredit remedial classes. But the state in 2014 allowed most students to decide for themselves whether they needed these classes.

Since then, enrollment in remedial classes has dropped 41 percent at Palm Beach State College, 69 percent in Broward College. Most of these students instead are taking regular college math and English classes during their first year.