The Developmental Education program at Daytona State helps students develop the skills essential for academic success. The curriculum emphasizes reading, communicating and learning through writing, basic mathematical concepts and effective life and study skills. Developmental Education consists of non-college credit courses in reading, writing and mathematics and three college credit courses, Intermediate Algebra, Critical Reading Techniques and English Grammar, all of which can be used toward the A.A. degree.
A student who entered the 9th grade in a Florida public school prior to the 2003-2004 school year, or did not attend a Florida public high school, must take the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (P.E.R.T.) or submit SAT, ACT, Accuplacer or FCAT scores (the scores cannot be more than 2 years old) that exempt them from the college developmental education program, or they must submit college transcripts that show the completion of Freshman English I or Intermediate Algebra.
A student who entered 9th grade in a Florida public school in the 2003-2004 school year, or any year thereafter, and earned a Florida standard high school diploma or a student who is serving as an active duty member of any branch of the U.S. Armed Services is not required to take the common placement test and is not required to enroll in developmental education.