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EdReady–Reducing the Need for Developmental Education - Foundation Provides $2.4 Million for Montana Pilot

Posted on 04/18/2014

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According to a recent story in the Missoulian External link opens in new window or tab, the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation External link opens in new window or tab donated $2.4 million to the Montana Digital Academy External link opens in new window or tab for a three-year experiment testing the new EdReady remediation system External link opens in new window or tab 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.

Source: OCTAE Connection External link opens in new window or tab newsletter of the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education, U. S. Department of Education, April 3, 2014.

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