Placement Tests

Let Them In

Increasing Access, Completion, and Equity in English Placement Policies at a Two-Year California Community College This article uses a disparate impact analysis framework to assess the impact of a policy change in writing assessment that roughly doubled the proportion of students placing into college English at Butte College, a two-year college in California. After establishing …

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Remediation Reform

An Essential Part of Campus Equity Efforts During faculty workshops, we often ask people to raise their hands if their institutions are taking certain steps to address equity. Their responses follow a predictable pattern. Are they examining data on student outcomes, disaggregated by race and ethnicity, and offering support for students in underrepresented groups? A …

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Acceleration Strategies that Produce Powerful Results

This four-page brief synthesizes the national research on practices community colleges are using to substantially increase student completion of college-level courses and narrow racial achievement gaps. It highlights three key strategies: 1) Changing placement policies to enable more students to bypass remediation and enroll directly in college-level courses, 2) Providing co-requisite models at the college …

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Accelerated English at Chabot College

A Synthesis of Key Findings This 2011 report presents key data from Chabot College’s long-standing model of accelerated developmental English, a four-unit integrated reading and writing course that is one-level-below College English and open to any student. Key findings: This report was prepared with the basic skills cohort tracker, an online tool available through the …

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