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ERIC Number: EJ764754
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Aug-24
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
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Dervarics, Charles
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v23 n14 p30-33 Aug 2006
States are increasingly turning to standardized testing to hold colleges accountable for student outcomes. Currently, about half of the states require public colleges to conduct some type of assessment or accountability measure. Assessments generally fall into two categories: high-stakes tests, which may affect the progress of individual students, and low-stakes assessments, which focus less on students and more on college quality. One of the oldest and best-known assessments for individual students is the Georgia Regents' Test, which students must pass to graduate from a public college in the state. Students generally take the reading and writing exam in their sophomore year. If they do not pass, they take remedial instruction before additional attempts. While some states are embracing standardized tests as a way to hold colleges accountable, Florida is backing away from its required assessment because of its impact on minorities. The state has long required students going into their junior year to take the College-Level Academic Skills Project test before moving on to higher-level courses. A few better-known examples of assessments used in higher education are presented in this article.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida; Georgia
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: College Level Academic Skills Test; Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency