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Placed for Success  highlights how community colleges can improve accuracy of placement in English and math courses, reduce remediation rates, and improve student success. This practitioner-focused brief provides a succinct summary of research that casts doubt on the predictive power of standardized placement tests and suggests that using multiple measures — particularly high school GPA and grades — is more accurate for placing students into community college English and math courses.

— Research: Improved Placement

Calculating the Costs of Remedial Placement Testing
O. Rodríguez, B. Bowden, C. Belfield, and J. Scott-Clayton
Community College Research Center
May 2015

DEGREES OF FREEDOM: Probing Math Placement Policies at California Colleges and Universities
P. Burdman
LearningWorks & PACE
May 2015

Placed for Success: How California Community Colleges can improve accuracy of placement in English and math courses, reduce remediation rates, and improve student success
M. Dadgar, L. Collins, & K. Schaefer
Career Ladders Project
March 2015

Increasing Access to College-Level Math: Early Outcomes Using the Virginia Placement Test
O. Rodríguez
Community College Research Center
December 2014

Multiple Measures for Assessment and Placement (White Paper)
P. Bahr, C. Hayward, J. Hetts, D. Lamoree, M. Newell, N. Pellegrin, K. Sorey, and T. Willett
Multiple Measures Assessment Project Research Team
September 2014

Exploring the Use of Multiple Measures for Placement into College-level Courses: Seeking Alternatives or Improvements to the Use of a Single Standardized Test
K.R. Bracco, M. Dadgar, K. Austin, B. Klarin, M. Broek, N. Finkelstein, S. Mundry, and D. Bugler
WestEd
March 2014

Stepping Up: Progression in English and Math from High School to College
T. Willett, K. Karandjeff
The RP Group
February 2014

What We Know About Developmental Education Outcomes
S.S. Jaggars, G.W. Stacey
Community College Research Center
January 2014

Self Assessment of an Effective Community College/K 12 Partnership: Interactive Tool
L. Scolari, R. Antrobus, and L. Collins
Career Ladders Project
2014

Student Transcript-Enhanced Placement Study (STEPS) Technical Report
Terrence Willett
The Research & Planning Group for California Community Colleges
September 2013

Where to Begin? The Evolving Role of Placement Exams for Students Starting College
P. Burdman
August 2012

First Generation Students of Color: Easing Their Transition to Community College
L. Scolari
San Francisco State University
May 2012

Do High-Stakes Placement Exams Predict College Success?
J. Scott-Clayton
Community College Research Center
February 2012

One Shot Deal?: Students’ Perceptions of Assess ment and Course Placement in California’s Community Colleges
A. Venezia, K.R. Bracco, and T. Nodine
WestEd
2010