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Placement with Only High School GPAs

This Points of Interest shows how CUNY implemented a new placement policy that incorporates a student’s high school GPA.
July 8, 2020
Vilan Odekar
Tags: Accurate Placement, 2. Enroll in college-level math and English., Transfer and Course Applicability

In December 2018, the City University of New York (CUNY) changed its placement policy to include a student’s high school grade point average (GPA). As described in the July 1, 2020 Points of Interest, the policy (OAA-19-01) replaces the use of the ACCUPLACER test with a Proficiency Index which incorporates a student’s test scores (SAT and the New York State Regents) and overall high school GPA. The policy was implemented in spring 2020 and will allow more students to access college-level gateway courses in their first year of college.

For math placement, if a student has no test scores and only high school grades, the only measure used for placement will be the student’s overall GPA. Depending on the student’s GPA, the student can be placed in either a gateway math course, a corequisite course, or into Math START. A corequisite course is a college-level math course that is paired with a support course which provides just-in-time intervention. Math START is a low cost intensive math intervention program that prepares students for college-level coursework. This Points of Interest shows how CUNY implemented a new placement policy that incorporates a student’s high school GPA.