Getting Past Go has had a great run these past three years by putting the challenges and issues related to the current state of remedial education on the radar screen for thousands of postsecondary education leaders from across the country, and now we are excited take our work to the next level.
Since we began in 2009, the field of remedial education has experienced a renaissance. We know more about the causes of student failure in remedial education, we have more evidence-based strategies that increase student success and we have emerging models for how states can engage in large scale, systemic change. It is time for a bolder and more assertive approach to remedial education reform. We may not have all the answers, but we know enough about what should be done and we most definitely have no reason to stand by the status quo.
Beginning in 2012, Getting Past Go will provide a clear vision for the reform of remedial education in states and aggressively engage state leaders on how they can make the necessary changes in policy and practice that will result in significant improvement in student success.
The key features of Getting Past Go’s strategy are as follows:
The Principles of Remedial Education Reform
Getting Past Go will outline the key principles of reform that all states should incorporate into their policies and strategies for increasing student success. These principles will focus on the entire remedial education enterprise to include assessment and placement approaches, instructional strategies, performance metrics, accountability, continuous improvement and, most importantly, how remedial education should fit into state and institutional strategies to increase college completion.
Getting Past Go Progress Reports
Getting Past Go will be revamping its state profiles and its overall Web site to reflect state progress toward the principles of reform. GPG will document state progress on each of the principles of reform by featuring changes in policy and practice. Each state will know where it stands relative to other states on the key principles. We will feature innovative strategies, the latest research and models of success that emerge from states.
Getting Past Go State Workshops
Getting Past Go will work with states to conduct statewide workshops on remedial education reform. The workshops will feature the nation’s greatest innovators in remedial education reform to include researchers, state leaders and faculty who have cracked the code of remedial education reform. States will be selected for the workshops based on their commitment to starting a statewide process for the reform of remedial education centered on the principles of reform.
These new activities are all possible due to the generosity of the Lumina Foundation which has awarded ECS and Getting Past Go a generous grant to continue the work over the next two years.
We are excited about our new vision and look forward to working with you on a wholesale change to remedial education across the country and improved student success.