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Improving the Accuracy of Remedial Placement

By: Judith Scott-Clayton & Clive Belfield

Abstract

Improving the Accuracy of Remedial Placement

This practitioner packet summarizes CCRC’s research on remedial placement at community colleges, and considers how using students’ high school transcript information in the assignment process could improve placement accuracy. Part one, Improving the Accuracy of Remedial Placement, provides an overview of the research, including evidence on the accuracy of typical practices, alternative methods of remedial screening, and the predicted impacts on student subgroups of using high school transcript information (instead of or alongside standardized tests) for placement. Part two, Improving Assessment and Placement at Your College: A Tool for Institutional Researchers, presents a framework for understanding and improving assignment to developmental education.