Teachers College, Columbia University

Moving Beyond the Placement Test: Multiple Measures Assessment

Date and Time: July 14, 2016 12:30–1:30 PM EDT
Location: Online

Students entering college are often tested in English and math to determine their readiness to undertake college-level work. Recent research indicates that the use of these placement tests as the sole measure of college readiness has resulted in large numbers of students being placed into courses that are not well matched to their needs or abilities. Many are placed into remedial coursework when they could have succeeded in college-level work. As a result, college administrators and researchers alike are focusing on alternative approaches to placement that incorporate multiple measures of college readiness, shown to place students with greater accuracy.

This one-hour webinar featured researchers from MDRC and CCRC describing what they have learned about multiple measures assessment through an exploration of college practices in four Midwestern states. In addition, participants heard from two college leaders with significant experience in developing and implementing multiple measures assessment systems.

To view the webinar, visit https://mdrc.webex.com/mdrc/lsr.php?RCID=1fb51ce8d322b024e2aeefd113660c9c


Senior Research Scholar
Community College Research Center
Rashida Welbeck
Research Associate, Young Adults and Postsecondary Education Policy Area

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