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Colorado Department of Higher Education

Policy Status and Authority
Sectors with a multiple measures policy: Both 2 Year and 4 Year Sectors
Policy Status: In Place

In place and under revision. Revised policy expected to be approved by December 2016.

The policy is based on (statute, regulation and/or system policy):

Statute (Colorado Revised Statute 23-1-113.3)

When the policy was first adopted: 2003
Is the policy mandatory or optional? Mandatory
Do the measures vary or are they uniform across campuses?

Vary

Do the measures vary or are they uniform across degrees/pathways?

Uniform (current policy does not apply to CTE certificates)

What subjects are using multiple measures for placement?
  • english
  • math
Measures Included in the Policy
Measures required to be accepted for placement under the multiple measures policy: Standardized Tests ACT, SAT, Accuplacer, COMPASS, Smarter Balanced
High School Achievement Measures None
Non-Cognitive Measures and Essays None
Measures optional or recommended to be accepted for placement under the multiple measures policy: Standardized Tests None
High School Achievement Measures None
Non-Cognitive Measures and Essays None
If a statewide high school standards-based assessment is included, is it aligned to the Common Core?

Yes; Partnership for Assessing Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) and Smarter Balanced research and validation studies will be available by 2016-17, at which point Colorado institutions may begin to utilize the approved college-readiness scores.

Were cut scores for the measures determined by the system or state?

Yes, based on research and in collaboration with the institutions

The placement process using these measures:

The primary evaluation determines whether a student is college ready in English and mathematics and if the student will need remedial support or reassessment. Colorado accepts six assessment instruments for placement; institutions may choose to use any or all approved primary assessments, but must accept ACT or SAT. Accepted assessments include: ACT, SAT, Accuplacer, COMPASS, PARCC and Smarter Balanced.

The secondary evaluation is institution-specific and used to place students into courses after admission, if the primary assessment indicated that the student is not college ready in one or more areas. The policy allows for institutional flexibility in determining the secondary evaluation.

Multiple measures policy documents: