Submitted by Susan Finn Miller on August 22, 2016 - 4:40pm
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Hello colleagues, Many of us are supporting students to transfer to community college programs that use the Accuplacer, an entrance exam that is designed to assess college readiness in English and math. Emily Hanford, in an important new American Public Media report, Stuck at Square One: College Students Increasingly Caught in the Remedial Education Trap, is raising some important questions about this tool. The report is available as both audio and text.
It is well known that many students who take developmental courses never complete their programs. Hanford reports that some students are able to pass their college classes despite low scores on Accuplacer. (See this Columbia University study.). Some community colleges allow students who score lower than required on Accuplacer to enroll in regular courses while they are also taking a developmental course. This type of enrollment is called the co-requisite model.
The article includes links to some sample Accuplacer test items for those who might be interested.
What has been your experience with students taking Accuplacer? Do the issues identified in this article resonate for you and the students you serve?
Cheers, Susan Finn Miller
Moderator, Assessment CoP