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Wednesday August 15, 2012
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By Pamela Burdman College readiness is becoming the Holy Grail for policymakers, foundations, and education leaders looking to strengthen the nation’s K-12 education system. They are taking their lead from public colleges and universities: High remediation rates there among recent high school graduates are garnering increasing scrutiny, leading more and more states to include remedial placement statistics in feedback reports that go to high schools. It seems like a positive sign that K-12 is taking the issue of college preparation seriously, though I worry that the high school reforms could...
Tags: Developmental Education
Thursday August 9, 2012
Debating the Value of Placement Exams: Where to Begin?
For many years, community colleges have in good faith administered placement exams to incoming students. The philosophy behind placement testing is that we can best serve our students by accurately assessing their skills and then placing them into courses that provide them with the academic supports they need to be successful—be that college-level courses, Adult Basic Education, or dev ed. But recent research challenges this paradigm. The research comes at the question of student placement from many angles: Do students understand the high-stakes nature of tests they often take seemingly on a...
Tags: Adult Basic Education, Developmental Education