Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

Thousands of Community College Students Misplaced into Remedial Classes, New Studies Suggest

Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

Thousands of Community College Students Misplaced into Remedial Classes, New Studies Suggest

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NEW YORK. N.Y.

A significant number of students entering community colleges around the country are at risk of being inaccurately placed in remedial classes, two new studies from the Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Teachers College, Columbia University, have found.

The studies, one of a large, urban community college system and one of a statewide system, looked at data from tens of thousands of entering students over several years and used statistical methods to simulate how students would have fared had they been placed directly into college level courses. The simulations indicate that a quarter to a third of students assigned to remedial classes based on standardized test scores could have passed college-level classes with a grade of B or better.

Most of the nation's community colleges rely on two standardized tests - the COMPASS and the ACCUPLACER - to determine college readiness. CCRCs research calls into question whether these tests should be used as the sole determinant of access to collegelevel courses. …

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