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People in the Reform

People in the Reform: Dr. Aisha Lowe

January 22, 2021
Alison Kadlec, Ashmi Patel
Dr. Aisha Lowe, Vice Chancellor of Educational Services and Support for the California Community Colleges, encourages educators to envision ideal and equitable systems, and to then figure out what needs to be dismantled in order to bring that vision to life.
Policy Report

Implementing and Scaling Multiple Measures Assessment in the Context of COVID-19

January 20, 2021
Elizabeth Kopko, Elizabeth Zachry Rutschow, Erika B. Lewy, Julia Raufman, Susan Bickerstaff
When colleges overwhelmingly moved to remote learning and work in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the capacity to run proctored placement tests was significantly reduced. The Center for the Analysis of Postsecondary Readiness examined how four states — Indiana, Virginia, Texas, and Washington — took system-level actions to overcome the limitations of multiple measures assessment and find new ways to place students. By decreasing reliance on standardized assessments, state systems can help institutions to reduce disparities in student outcomes and improve student success.
Points of Interest

Deficit Language in Course Descriptions

December 2, 2020
Vanessa Keadle
This Points of Interest shows that deficit-based language is commonly used in course descriptions at SSTF Scaling Sites.
Points of Interest

Developmental Math Course Offerings

November 25, 2020
Vanessa Keadle
This Points of Interest shows that most SSTF institutions offer between one and three developmental math courses, while 35 had fully eliminated standalone developmental courses.
People in the Reform

People in the Reform: Dr. Jeanne Funk

November 24, 2020
Jillian Ives
A conversation with Dr. Jeanne Funk, professor of mathematics at LaGuardia Community College, who is using the community college setting as an opportunity to impact the lives of many diverse students -- while growing in her field.
Points of Interest

Developmental English Course Offerings

November 18, 2020
Vanessa Keadle
This Points of Interest shows that most SSTF institutions offer between one and three developmental English courses, while 39 had fully eliminated stand-alone developmental courses.
Points of Interest

First-Year Gateway Completion Rates

November 11, 2020
Vilan Odekar
This Points of Interest shows that over 40% of low-income and adult students completed gateway courses in the first year of study of the Ohio-SSTF initiative.
Points of Interest

Improving Gateway Course Completion

November 4, 2020
Dan Cullinan
This Points of Interest shows that placing students directly into gateway courses improves their rates of gateway course completion, regardless of the placement method.
Points of Interest

Role of College Decisions in Multiple Measures

October 28, 2020
Elizabeth Kopko
This Points of Interest shows that college decisions influence the impact multiple measures systems can have on student outcomes, and that colleges should consider cut scores that allow more students into college-level courses.