Trends in Community College Assessment and Placement Approaches: Implications for Educational Policy

Perin, Dolores; Charron, Kerry

A qualitative, instrumental case study was conducted to examine students’ academic
preparedness, and assessment and placement policy in fifteen community colleges across the country. Selected findings reported in this paper are: large proportions of incoming students are poorly prepared for postsecondary reading, writing and math; similar academic needs are found among developmental education students and those with limited English language proficiency; there are discrepancies between state and institutional policy for skills testing and developmental education placement; and in some cases institutions are bypassing their own stated assessment and placement policy.


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Community College Research Center
Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University
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April 3, 2014