Sarah Gonzalez: Starting in 2014-15, Florida will use something called the “Common Core State Standards.” Some 45 states and the District of Columbia have agreed to use this common framework, which is supposed to align what students learn in K-12 more closely with what they need to know in college.
Lynn Waddell and John O'Connor: Florida is poised to become the nation’s petri dish for new approaches to the remedial education problem.
Lynn Waddell and Mc Nelly Torres: An analysis by FCIR and StateImpact Florida found that in the 2010-11 school year, 85 percent of students taking remedial classes were age 20 or older.
Mc Nelly Torres and Lynn Waddell and Sarah Gonzalez: In the 2010-11 school year, some 125,042 Florida college students needed to take a remedial math class.
Mc Nelly Torres and Lynn Waddell: From 2004 to 2011, Florida’s remedial education costs for both students and schools ballooned from $118 million to $168 million.
Florida’s K-12 public education system has graduated hundreds of thousands of students in the past decade who couldn’t read, write or solve math problems well enough to take some college-level courses.