Va. Community Colleges Dive Headfirst Into Remedial-Math Redesign

Jay Premack for The Chronicle

A student works on the Pythagorean theorem during a remedial-math class at Northern Virginia Community College's Alexandria campus. The Virginia Community College system is using a new approach that allows students to focus only on topics that they tested poorly on.
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Developmental education is the bane of community colleges. It costs institutions millions of dollars every year to educate students who come to their campuses unprepared for the rigors of college-level courses.

Nearly one-third of first-year college...

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