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BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Several Mississippi high schools are offering students a new, free way to avoid remedial classes in college.

The Sun Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1lcWy3v ) the Southern Regional Education Board designed the math and literacy classes for students who would otherwise be required to take developmental classes, which cost money but offer no credits.

In Mississippi, students who score below 16 on their ACTs in math or English are required by Institutes for Higher Learning policy to take developmental classes before beginning college-level classes.

The new classes allow those students to take the class in their senior year. If they pass, they can start college taking college-level classes.

The state Department of Education piloted the program last year and rolled it out at this school year.

Ninety-seven schools statewide offer SREB classes.

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