Developmental Education Initiative
DEI is a state-policy initiative to redesign the NCCCS developmental education curricula, accelerate student completion, implement diagnostic assessments, increase the number of students who successfully complete developmental education and enroll in college-level courses, and implement supporting policies.
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Developmental Math Modules (DMA) Implementation
The one-year implementation period for the DMA math modules began Summer 2012 and continues through Summer 2013, with all colleges implementing the new curriculum by August 2013.At the System Conference in October 2012, there were many sessions led by colleges that are using the new curriculum, as well as a presentation by College Board regarding the new diagnostic assessment.In addition, the System Office’s Student Services team released the Emerging Practices Developmental Math Guide that profiles how three pilot colleges initially implemented the new curriculum. Instructor toolkits for each module are available through the Virtual Learning Community. Shells to support customized developmental math courses have been released for Fall 2013 enrollment.
Developmental English and Reading (DRE) Redesign
The DEI English and Reading Task Force comprising 18 faculty members from across the state met almost biweekly from January 2012 to June 2012. The faculty task force recommended replacing the current developmental English & Reading sequence with three "mini-mester" (8 week, 3 credit hour) courses of integrated English and reading courses using the prefix DRE -- Developmental Reading & English. For those students near college ready, colleges would have the option to co-requisite the highest level developmental course with a college credit bearing course (but not ENG 111). Or, as an alternative to the highest level DRE course, colleges will have the option to offer a two credit hour co-requisite paired with English 111. The Curriculum Review Committee approved the DRE courses in January 2013. All colleges may begin using the new curriculum starting Summer 2013, and must use the new courses by Fall 2014.
Assessment and Placement
In April 2012, the State Board approved a contract with College Board to create diagnostic assessments to accompany developmental curriculum redesign. In June 2012, the System Office and College Board convened a team of math faculty from across the state to review sample test items for the new NC Diagnostic Assessment and Placement test (NC DAP). Standards setting took place in February 2013. College Board conducted regional training for the NC DAP in March 2013, and the assessment will be released in April 2013. Since developmental English/Reading redesign is still underway, colleges have the option to choose among the three currently approved placement tests for English/Reading until the new diagnostic assessment for English/Reading is available.
In addition, based on research from the Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Columbia University’s Teachers College, the DEI State Policy Team and its Multiple Measures committee drafted a new placement policy that takes into account recent high school graduates’ high school grade point average. The State Board of Community Colleges approved the Multiple Measures for Placement policy on February 15, 2013. A webinar on the CCRC research and its implications was held Sept. 23rd, 2012. To view an archive of the webinar, please visit: http://successnc.org/webinars/multiple-measures-student-placement
Most Recent Activity Report
April 2013 Activity ReportFriday, April 26, 2013 - 16:33
NC Diagnostic Assessment and Placement test (NC DAP) for math went live on April 8th.
The first of three DRE professional development webinars was held April 26th for deans, department chairs and faculty. Presenters were faculty from DRE pilot colleges and those planning Fall 2013 implementation. Topics covered included scheduling, curriculum materials, assigments, mastery and more.
The Community College Research Center (CCRC) is conducting its first four college site visits this month as part of its DEI evaluation activities.
Two additional DRE webinars are scheduled for May 3 and May 6. Go the successnc.org/webinars to register. All three webinars will be archived on the successnc website.
The System Office's financial aid and student success staff will soon be surveying NC community colleges to identify topics for a summer Dev Ed summit that is tenatively planned for July. Additional details will be available soon.
Speaking of surveys, as part of the DEI evaluation work, the System Office will send out a survey link to CAOs in May to learn more about dev ed redesign plannng, implementation, and related issues.
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