Creating a Common Assessment Reporting Tool to Detail Student Skills

Resolution Number
Jeff Burdick
General Concerns

Whereas, Current assessment instruments generate a single score that is used locally to place students into courses in English, Reading, English as Second Language (ESL), and Mathematics;

Whereas, Recommendation 2.1 from the 2011 Student Success Task Force called for the community colleges to “develop and implement a common centralized assessment for English reading and writing, mathematics, and ESL that can provide diagnostic information to inform curriculum development and student placement;”

Whereas, The Common Assessment Initiative (CAI) created assessment competency maps in English, Reading, ESL, and Mathematics that outline individual skills on a range from basic to college level; and

Whereas, Providing information about student performance in each of these skills will allow colleges to make more informed placement decisions and to consider curricular innovations and revisions to address skill deficiencies;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges urge the CAI to create an assessment reporting tool that provides data about each student’s performance on the skills described in the assessment competency maps and that provides research capability for determining cohort strengths and deficiencies; and

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges work with CAI to create skills reports for individual students that local faculty can use to inform curricular revisions and to address student placement and remediation appropriately.