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ERIC Number: ED519768
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar-1
Pages: 48
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 4
Shining a Light on College Remediation in Colorado: The Predictive Utility of the ACT for Colorado and the Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP)
Lefly, Dianne L.; Lovell, Cheryl D.; O'Brien, Jo McF.
Online Submission
The purpose of this study was to examine postsecondary readiness for 17,499 Colorado students by exploring the congruence between middle school and high school state assessment results (Colorado State Assessment Program) from 2007, ACT results from 2008 and the need for remediation for Colorado students who graduated from high school in the spring of 2009 and entered a Colorado postsecondary institution in fall 2009. By examining the assessment results for these students from as early as the sixth grade, it was clear that if students were not proficient on the state assessment in sixth grade, they were likely to require remediation in their first year of college. If middle school teachers would analyze the state assessment data for this purpose they would be better able to identify which students are very likely be postsecondary ready and which students are not. Also teachers could use the assessment results to target the academic skills of struggling students early in middle school to focus on preparing them to be postsecondary ready. The eighth grade results could be used to gauge how successful the middle and K-8 schools have been in moving students toward Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness (PWR). High schools could use the data from the middle school years to target incoming ninth graders who are not yet proficient on the state assessment. More precise use of state assessment data could focus educators on the ultimate goal of developing postsecondary- and workforce-ready students in all grades, not just those for which graduation is rapidly approaching. Five appendixes present: (1) USDOE approval letter; (2) Colorado College Ready Indicators; (3) Figures 2 through 5; (4) ACT's College Readiness Standards; and (5) information on CSAP [Colorado state assessment] proficiency in each content area. (Contains 9 footnotes, 22 tables, and 5 figures.)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 6; Grade 8; High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Colorado