Developmental Education Information
When the State Legislature changed the requirements for developmental education effective 2014, Eastern Florida embraced it as an opportunity to create alternate ways to get students ready for college-level course work and enable them to assume greater ownership for their educational success. The legislation allows eligible students to skip remediation and enroll directly in credit-bearing courses, even if advisors or placement tests say they have remedial needs. Recent high school graduates in the state don't need to take placement tests, because they are deemed college-ready by holding a standard high school diploma. Active-duty members of the U.S. military are also exempt.
Florida Statute 1008.30 – Common Placement for Public Postsecondary Education, removes the requirement for placement testing and remediation for "exempt" students who:
- Entered 9th grade in a Florida public school in the 2003-2004 school year or later AND graduated from a Florida public high school with a standard high school diploma, or
- Serve as an active duty member of any branch of the United States Armed Services
The placement testing requirement and remediation remain mandatory for entering "traditional placement" students who:
- Graduated from a private high school
- Received a high school diploma as a home-schooled student
- Graduated from a Florida public high school prior to 2007
- Completed a GED
- Graduated from an out-of-state high school
- Did not receive the equivalent of a "standard" high school diploma
In response to this legislation, all State Colleges were required to submit a Developmental Education Reform Implementation Plan to the Florida Department of Education (FDOE.) The plan addressed the following statutorily required sections:
- Comprehensive Advising Plan
- Local Policies for Documented Student Achievements
- Developmental Education Strategies for Reading, Writing and Math
- Description of Student Costs and Financial Aid Opportunities
- Description of Data Collection Plans
- Additional Components for Student Success
Once the EFSC plan was approved by the FDOE, the College moved quickly to adopt the new readiness efforts. In the fall 2014 term, several new developmental education courses and course offerings are available to students. Both "exempt" and "traditional placement" students may take developmental education courses in a modular or compressed format, in full or accelerated terms. Click here to view the course options and assessment scores used for placement.
Legislation also made advising mandatory for first time in college students. Students should apply for admission to the College early to ensure they have time to satisfy all of their admissions requirements and meet with an advisor to create an education plan and register for classes. Advisors will discuss the options for both "exempt" and "traditional placement" students.
- College Credit Course & Developmental Course Test Score Requirements
- Placement Testing General Information