Maryland

The Policy and Practice of Assessing and Placing Students in Developmental Education Courses

March, 2010
Stephanie Safran, Mary Visher

This paper reports on case studies conducted at three community colleges to learn about how the colleges assess students for placement in developmental education courses. The case studies identify several problems and challenges, including lack of consensus about the standard for college-level work, the high-stakes nature of the assessments, and the minimal relationship between assessment for placement and diagnosis for instruction.

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