Standing in the Gap COMPASS is Leaving—Now What?

Join colleagues from across the state for a day of learning, participating, and strategizing the future without COMPASS.

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October 13th, 2015, 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Highline Community College, Mt. Constance/Olympus Room

ACTS’s recent decision to discontinue all COMPASS products provides our state with an opportunity to investigate our historical use of standardized testing for access to college courses. The current use of placement testing predicts success in college-level courses, deeming many- up to 75% at some colleges- not “college ready” and thus relegated to developmental courses. An overwhelming amount of community college research in the last 5 years has shown that placement into these courses does not move students closer to college ready, but rather hinders their likelihood of ever completing college English or math courses and subsequently a degree. We cannot turn away from this empirical evidence, especially when the group deemed not “college ready” is disproportionately comprised of students of color. ACT’s recognition that COMPASS is “not contributing as effectively to student placement and success as it had in the past” is an excellent prompt for us to begin to imagine what would contribute to student success more effectively. We have an opportunity as a state to create an assessment process that is equitable and participatory for all students, while maintaining the academic integrity of our courses. This is an opportunity to dig deeper into why, how, and when we assess students.

While this event is free, registration is required.

Due to limited space, we encourage you to sign up before the deadline of October 2nd, 2015.

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