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ERIC Number: ED537265
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Aug
Pages: 38
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 42
Where to Begin? The Evolving Role of Placement Exams for Students Starting College
Burdman, Pamela
Jobs for the Future
For years, colleges have used placement exams to determine whether to deem incoming students "college ready" or assign them to developmental education. But emerging information reveals the tests have little correlation to students' future success, casting doubt on their use even as the high stakes for students of taking remedial courses become clear. Educators are rethinking whether the tests are fair and wondering if their traditional use constitutes a barrier to college completion. "Where to Begin?" explores the various ways states and systems are grappling with new, sometimes confusing, information about placement exams as part of broader student success initiatives. (Contains 22 endnotes.) [For "Where to Begin? The Evolving Role of Placement Exams for Students Starting College. Executive Summary," see ED537252.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 11; Grade 12; High Schools; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Jobs for the Future
Identifiers - Location: California; Connecticut; Florida; New Jersey; North Carolina; Texas