Academic journal article Journal of Developmental Education

Washington's College Readiness Project Continues Ot Advance

Academic journal article Journal of Developmental Education

Washington's College Readiness Project Continues Ot Advance

Article excerpt

A project initiated in Fall1994 has helped to advance more consistent standards by which to judge students' level of "college readiness" in Washington state. A retreat sponsored by the State Board for Community & Technical Colleges (SBCTC) brought together developmental education, transfer, and professional-technical faculty to begin a dialogue regarding what learners should know and be able to do to be successful in college and also visioning of statewide outcomes for students exiting developmental education programs.

An Outcomes Task Force was developed subsequent to the retreat to help write statewide outcomes. First, a contact person was identified at each college to assist in gathering input from all faculty, disseminating information regarding project progress, and providing feedback and information to the Task Force.

Second, local models for developmental outcomes were examined and analyzed. This portion of the project included gathering information about the existence of written outcome statements for developmental education, how institutions determined readiness for college-level course work, and how developmental education outcomes work was related to college outcomes work. This step of the process revealed that almost all community and technical colleges in Washington had in place some type of measures to assess and place students in developmental programs, and that they also employed some kind of assessment of readiness to enter the regular college curriculum. However, the systems in place were very diverse: It was uncommon for campuses to have clearly articulated mutually accepted outcomes for developmental education and a linking of incoming assessment/placement with developmental or general college outcomes was almost nonexistent. …

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