The Executive Summary of the Strong Start to Finish Qualitative Evaluation captures valuable lessons and insights that can inform state and system efforts to design, implement and scale developmental education reforms. The SStF network has become a valuable resource to the field through its ability to direct resources to states and systems to implement and scale the reforms in the Core Principles for Transforming Remediation within a Comprehensive Student Success Strategy.
Included in the executive summary of brief overviews of the four scaling sites, are the practices and strategies they used to engage institutions in the work of implementation and scale, and how SStF supported scaling sites throughout the initiative. Key insights from the evaluation reveal how the states and systems that were awarded scaling site grants enhanced their existing efforts to scale developmental education reforms through targeted investments that were informed by the evidence and strategies included in the Core Principles for Transforming Remediation within a Comprehensive Student Success Framework. Lessons from the evaluation reveal how scaling sites can leverage their governing, policy or convening capacity to engage institutions in the work of designing, implementing and evaluating developmental education reforms that have proven to dramatically improve the success of all students.
The evaluation outlines how states and systems can design their efforts to achieve equitable outcomes for students who are racially minoritized, those with low incomes and adults who are returning to college. In addition, the evaluation addresses ways that data can be more effectively utilized to assess and continuously improve the reforms. The Executive Summary concludes with recommendations on how SStF can continue to create a culture of learning within the Strong Start to Finish network.