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Rep. Giddings Files Bill to Overhaul Developmental Education  print page

by: Rep. Giddings, Helen
02/22/2017

HB 2223 will revolutionize support for underprepared students entering post-secondary education

Austin- Representative Helen Giddings (Dallas) has filed House Bill 2223 to overhaul Texas' developmental education system. Developmental education classes, also known as remedial classes, are assigned to assist students categorized as underprepared for post-secondary education. Unfortunately, the programs have been largely unsuccessful in guiding students to postsecondary success, and too often serves as a financial burden to families.

“For too long, developmental education has been a well-intentioned, but failed investment. Instead of guiding students to college readiness, it has too often served as a roadblock to success," Representative Giddings asserted.

The latest figures from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board show that only 9 percent of underprepared students enrolling in community college developmental education complete a first-level math course, 26 percent complete a first-level reading course, and 21 percent complete a first-level writing course. This is despite 87% of community college students not being deemed college ready in at least one subject.

HB 2223 will overhaul developmental education by requiring a phased-in, statewide, "co-requisite" model, where students enroll simultaneously in a developmental education course and the gateway course of the same subject matter during the same semester. Under this model, students are able to receive supports for their classes, without having to invest time and money into developmental education classes before their credit bearing courses. The bill will also expand advising options for students.

The co-requisite model has succeeded across the country in improving outcomes and saving students valuable tuition dollars. In Tennessee, students completing a gateway math course went from 2.8% of enrollees to 58%. In Colorado, reforms resulted in rates improving from 31% to 64%.

"The results are clear: the co-requisite model is a major victory for underprepared students. We are seeing it work across the state and the country. It's time to double-down on this approach and give all of our students a chance to meet their dreams and earn a college degree or certification."

Representative Helen Giddings proudly serves the cities of House District 109: Dallas, DeSoto, Cedar Hill, Glenn Heights, Hutchins, Lancaster, Wilmer, as well as part of Duncanville.

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