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Community Colleges: New Federal Research Center May Enhance Current Understanding of Developmental Education

States and community colleges GAO visited have implemented several strategies to improve developmental education–which is remedial coursework in math, reading, or writing for students who are assessed not to be ready for college-level classes. Many initiatives involved shortening the amount of time for developmental education and better targeting material to an individual student’s needs. For example, two community colleges have implemented fast track classes that enable students to take two classes in one semester instead of in two semesters.

One developmental education program in Washington places students directly into college level classes that also teach developmental education as part of the class.