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EdReady - Montana-wide pilot project aims to reduce remediation

EdReady–Reducing the Need for Developmental Education 

...... the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation donated $2.4 million to the Montana Digital Academy for a three-year experiment testing the new EdReady remediation system statewide. The foundation made its donation based on a pilot project at the University of Montana, which resulted in 86 percent of participating students improving their remedial mathematics scores so they would qualify for higher-level university courses. EdReady focuses on helping students improve their math and English skills so they are ready for college courses as soon as they enroll. 

University of Montana President Royce Engstrom called the gift “transformative.” “We will be the first state in the nation to offer the EdReady program to all secondary and post-secondary students, while also developing a national model that will guide future implementation across the country,” he said. Denise Juneau, state superintendent of public instruction, calls EdReady “a promising tool” for helping students hit the ground running academically in college. The Montana Digital Academy, part of the state’s k-12 system, helps school districts expand their core and elective educational offerings, including online college-prep courses. 

[Excerpt above from OCTAE Connection - Issue 190]

According to the Missoulian article, the pilot project was carried out at the University of Montana, where 86 percent of participating students improved their remedial math skills to the point they qualified for higher-level university courses.

You can view the sample courses like the Algebra 1 course or the Developmental Math course by registering here (free to review). Do share your comments and feedback as you review these two Math courses. The English courses are not available yet.

Priyanka Sharma

SME, Postsecondary Completion