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Barnett, Elisabeth A.; Bergman, Peter; Kopko, Elizabeth; Reddy, Vikash; Belfield, Clive R.; Roy, Susha – Center for the Analysis of Postsecondary Readiness, 2018
Many incoming college students are referred to remedial programs in math or English based on scores they earn on standardized placement tests. Yet research shows that some students assigned to remediation based on test scores would likely succeed in a college-level course in the same subject area without first taking a remedial course if given…
Descriptors: Student Placement, Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Remedial Instruction
Rutschow, Elizabeth Zachry; Mayer, Alexander K. – Center for the Analysis of Postsecondary Readiness, 2018
Judged to be academically underprepared, millions of students must take developmental education in college, and more than half never make it through or graduate. Experts argue that there are two main problems: Too many students are being placed unnecessarily into developmental courses, and the structure and traditional instructional practices in…
Descriptors: National Surveys, Developmental Programs, Educational Practices, College Readiness
Zachry Rutschow, Elizabeth – Center for the Analysis of Postsecondary Readiness, 2018
Many students enter community college underprepared in math and must take multiple semesters of developmental (remedial) classes. Far too few of these students ever enroll in -- let alone pass -- an introductory college-level math course, but without those credits, they cannot graduate. Among the many reforms practitioners are undertaking to try…
Descriptors: Remedial Mathematics, Two Year College Students, Mathematics Achievement, College Mathematics
Barnett, Elisabeth A.; Reddy, Vikash – Center for the Analysis of Postsecondary Readiness, 2017
Many postsecondary institutions, and community colleges in particular, require that students demonstrate specified levels of literacy and numeracy before taking college-level courses. Typically, students have been assessed using two widely available tests--ACCUPLACER and Compass. However, placement testing practice is beginning to change for three…
Descriptors: Student Placement, College Entrance Examinations, Educational Practices, Computer Assisted Testing
Rutschow, Elizabeth Zachry; Diamond, John; Serna-Wallender, Elena – Center for the Analysis of Postsecondary Readiness, 2017
Until recently, most colleges required students to pass a college-level algebra course in order to earn a degree. As many as 50 percent to 70 percent of community college students enter college unprepared to take these courses, and fewer than 20 percent of such students ever successfully complete a college-level math course; the rest are…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Required Courses, College Students, College Preparation