Placement reform

Student retention and completion can be lined to lack of equity and effectiveness in college intake placement testing.  Our intervetion studied and modified placement policies that did not effectively help students move efficiently to completion.  Highline analyzed ACT data based on all students who take ACT placement tests, and applying that data to all students who took the ACT Compass Placement Test at Highline Community College in 2012-2013, the analysis predicts those who will earn a C or better, as correlated to their ACT test score. Based on this analysis, placement was not effective.  Thus, the English Department adopted new placement requirements for college English, dropping the writing test.  Students now use only the Compass reading test to place into one of the following courses: English 101, English 101 with extra support, or English 91.  Therefore, the longest time to complete college English is two quarters, but the majority of students will complete college English in one quarter, which further shortened the time students spend in remedial courses.  Second, after meeting with local high schools to understand course outcomes, the college now accepts high school transcripts for placement into English 101, using specific placement guidelines.  Placement equity has been greatly reduced, and the college is now studying self-guided placement options to increase equity in placement and student completion.

ID 13938

To contact this college about this intervention, take note of the ID above, ID #13938, and then fill out the intervention contact request form

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