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Reducing Success Gaps

This Points of Interest shows that following the implementation of Florida senate bill 1720, Black students narrowed achievement gaps in gateway English courses.
September 18, 2019
Ben Erwin
Tags: Student Supports, 3. Provide supports., New Roles for Student Services

Florida senate bill 1720 launched a statewide reform of developmental education that included optional, corequisite enrollment in developmental education coursework, majors-specific developmental course offerings, and enhanced academic advising in the Fall semester of 2014. These reforms led to an 18-percentage point increase in gateway English composition for Black students. This increased lowered the achievement gap between Black and White students from eighteen percent pre-reform (2013) to eight percent post-reform (2016). This Points of Interest shows that following the implementation of Florida senate bill 1720, Black students narrowed achievement gaps in gateway English courses.