ERIC Number: ED553141
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Aug-1
From Policy to Practice: Tracing the Development and Implementation of Placement and Diagnostic Assessments across States, Systems, and Community Colleges. Lessons from Florida and Virginia Community Colleges -- Phase 2 Report
Duffy, Mark; Tandberg, David A.; Harrill, Sandra; Jack, James; Park, Elizabeth; Shaw, Kathleen M.
Research For Action
National initiatives to raise K-12 standards and align them to postsecondary entrance requirements have prompted states and/or state postsecondary systems to enact policies to improve alignment among postsecondary readiness standards, postsecondary placement and diagnostic exams, and developmental education curricula. This report examines how six community colleges--three each in the states of Florida and Virginia--responded to the state-wide reform of college placement and diagnostic testing. It is a companion piece to "From Policy to Practice: Tracing the Development and Implementation of Placement and Diagnostic Assessments across States, Systems and Community Colleges - Analysis of Policy Reform in Five States" (ED553141) that provided an analysis of how five states commissioned vendors to develop new placement tests that include a diagnostic component. Analysis in this report provides a comprehensive picture of state policy reform by tracing implementation through multiple levels--beginning most broadly at the state level and progressing through increasingly granular levels of implementation. Appendix A provides case studies and Appendix B presents "Local and Community College Characteristics."
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Student Placement, Diagnostic Tests, Alignment (Education), College Readiness, Admission Criteria, Academic Standards, State Policy, Educational Change, Program Implementation, Curriculum Development, Institutional Characteristics, Case Studies
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Reports - Research-practitioner Partnerships
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: Research for Action
Identifiers - Location: Florida; Virginia