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Missouri Department of Higher Education (DHE)

Policy Status and Authority
Sectors with a multiple measures policy: Both 2 Year and 4 Year Sectors
Policy Status: In Place
The policy is based on (statute, regulation and/or system policy):

Statute (HB1042) required that the Coordinating Board for Higher Education (CBHE) require all public institutions to “replicate best practices in remedial education.” DHE developed the Principals of Best Practices in Remedial Education, including the use of multiple measures

When the policy was first adopted: HB1042 was passed in 2012 but 2015-16 is the first academic year in which all institutions are expected to use multiple measures.
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?

Not applicable – measures vary by campus

What subjects are using multiple measures for placement?
  • reading
  • english
  • 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 None
Non-Cognitive Measures and Essays None
Measures optional or recommended to be accepted for placement under the multiple measures policy: Standardized Tests ACT, Accuplacer, Asset, Compass, SAT or an institutionally created assessment
High School Achievement Measures High school GPA and high school end-of-course examination scores
Non-Cognitive Measures and Essays None
If a statewide high school standards-based assessment is included, is it aligned to the Common Core?

No; while the Smarter Balanced assessment is included in the Missouri Principals of Best Practices in Remedial Education, its use has been has been discontinued in the state and is not used for placement.

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

Yes, for the commonly used placement measures in the system.

The placement process using these measures:

Placement of students into appropriate college-level courses must be based on multiple assessment measures. Institutions may select from an array of assessment instruments to place students in college-level courses, including—but not limited to—SAT or ACT scores, results of Accuplacer, Asset or COMPASS placement tests, high school grade point average, high school end-of-course examination scores, or an institutional created assessment instrument. An institution opting to use one of the assessments to place students in college-level courses shall adhere to the statewide placement score.

Multiple measures policy documents: