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ERIC Number: ED558785
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-May
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Assessment and Placement: Supporting Student Success in College Gateway Courses
Vandal, Bruce
Complete College America
Evidence is mounting that the vast majority of students who are currently placed into prerequisite remedial education could be successful in gateway college-­level courses if they receive additional academic support as a corequisite. Recent research on college placement exams reveals that the exams are unreliable at predicting college success, and adding multiple measures like high school GPA only marginally improves predictability. Because of the exams' poor predictability, there is reason to believe that using assessments to place students into stand-­alone remedial education is worse than placing all students into gateway courses. Complete College America (CCA) recommends creating a placement range that results in the vast majority of students being placed into gateway college-­level courses, allowing colleges to assess the readiness of students for college-­level content and design appropriate academic support for students who need it.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Complete College America