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Oregon Public Higher Education Institutions

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

All public institutions have agreed to pilot the use of the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC) and 12th grade course taking to exempt students from placement testing for developmental education.

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

Common agreements in the community college and public university sectors.

When the policy was first adopted: Agreements were adopted in February 2015 and will be piloted for the next two academic years, starting with the high school class of 2016.
Is the policy mandatory or optional? Joint agreement
Do the measures vary or are they uniform across campuses?

Vary between postsecondary sectors.

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

The measures are consistent regardless of degree intent.

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 Smarter Balanced Assessment
High School Achievement Measures 12th grade Coursework
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 – SBAC

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

Determined by the institutions, based on established achievement levels and consortium policy recommendations.

The placement process using these measures:

Students are exempt from placement testing for developmental education in math and English if they score a 3 or higher on Smarter Balanced tests, demonstrate continued learning through grade 12 coursework, and enroll in a public postsecondary institution in Oregon the year immediately after graduation.

Multiple measures policy documents: