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Massachusetts Department of Higher Education

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

Pilot phase since the 2014-15 academic year

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

System Policy

When the policy was first adopted: 2013
Is the policy mandatory or optional? Optional
Do the measures vary or are they uniform across campuses?

Vary; while the policy specifies high school GPA thresholds, institutions have flexibility to use additional measures.

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

Uniform

What subjects are using multiple measures for placement?
  • math
Measures Included in the Policy
Measures required to be accepted for placement under the multiple measures policy: Standardized Tests None
High School Achievement Measures Overall High School GPA
Non-Cognitive Measures and Essays None
Measures optional or recommended to be accepted for placement under the multiple measures policy: Standardized Tests SAT Score in Math
High School Achievement Measures Math Course Completion (Four years of high school math), B or higher in Algebra II
Non-Cognitive Measures and Essays None
If a statewide high school standards-based assessment is included, is it aligned to the Common Core?

Not at this time, but the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education decided in November 2015 to include elements from the PARCC and MCAS in a new hybrid test.

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

Yes

The placement process using these measures:

Beginning fall 2016 until spring 2019, participating institutions must use one of the following standards:

  • 2.7 GPA or above
  • 2.7 GPA and a “B” or higher in Algebra II
  • 2.7 GPA and four years of high school math.

Campuses were given the flexibility to use additional measures as well. The initial recommendations (2013) outlined the following process:

  • Recent high school graduates whose high school GPA is a 2.70 or higher are exempt from the initial placement exam and should be placed directly into college-level math.
  • Recent high school graduates whose high school GPA is lower than 2.7 but higher than 2.40, and who have successfully passed four math courses including math in their senior year are exempt from the initial placement exam and should be placed into the college level math course. Those students with a GPA between 2.4 and 2.7 that don’t meet this criterion will be required to take the placement exam.
  • Recent high school graduates whose high school GPA is lower than 2.40 will be required to take the Accuplacer exam.
Multiple measures policy documents: