My blog discusses the important and complex subjects of college completion, college success, student risk factors (for failing), college readiness, and academic preparation. I will explore the pieces of the college puzzle that heavily influence, if not determine, college success rates.
Community College Cutpoints for Remediation
Accuplacer is a community college placement test. It is part of the College Board and administered by ETS. I recently looked at the cut scores for placing a student in remedial math established by different states, and found they are all over the place. For elementary algebra, Floridas uses 72,Massachusetts 82, Texas 63, Minn 75, and Colorado 85! Students who score below these cut points are usually placed in remediation for algebra.
Clearly, there is little consensus on what remediation means and how it is determined. Placement exams
and their standards are the dark continent of education testing. How can high schools students possibly know what they must know and be able to do to start college in credit bearing courses that are not remedial? College completion
and preparation are less adequate because of this lack of transparent standards.
Labels: College Testing