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University of Hawaii

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

The Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC) will be accepted for students in the high school graduating classes of 2016, 2017, 2018 (pilot) enrolling in any University of Hawaii (UH) campus. A separate multiple measures process for UH Community Colleges is effective fall 2016.

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

System Policy: SBAC was adopted by Councils of Chief Academic Officers and Senior Student Affairs Officers, while the Community College Student Success Council approved the additional multiple measures process.

When the policy was first adopted: 2015 for SBAC policy. 2016 for community college multiple measures process
Is the policy mandatory or optional? Mandatory
Do the measures vary or are they uniform across campuses?

Uniform

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

Smarter Balanced Assessment placement on All Campuses: Students scoring a 4 on the SBAC are directly placed into credit bearing English and math courses. Students scoring a 3 in the English portion of the SBAC must also earn a B or better in a 12th grade English course to be placed in credit bearing coursework. Students scoring a 3 or better in the math portion of the SBAC must complete a “calculus pathway” math course in the 12th grade if pursuing a STEM major; non-STEM majors can be placed in credit-bearing math courses not on the calculus pathway without 12th grade math course completion. Students scoring a 1 or 2 on the SBAC in English will be placed based on the campus-specific placement process.
In math, a student scoring a 2 on the SBAC can be placed in credit-bearing math courses not on the “calculus pathway” if they earned a B or better in the 12th grade transition course “Introduction to College Math.” A student scoring a 1 in math on the SBC will be placed based on the campus-specific placement process.

Community College Placement
Meeting any of the following assessment cut scores places a student in English 100:

  • Smarter Balanced Assessment scores (see discussion above)
  • Cumulative High School GPA of 2.6 or higher (self-reporting)
  • 12th grade ELA course or AP Language and Composition Class with a grade of B or higher (self-reporting)
  • ACT score of 18 or higher
  • SAT score of 510 or higher in Writing
  • HiSET College Ready score of 15 or higher on Language Arts – Writing
  • GED – Reasoning through Language Arts score of 170 or higher
  • Writing Sample

Meeting any of the following assessment cut scores places a student in Math 100, 111 or 115 (College Math Track (requirements vary slightly for College Algebra Track to be placed in Math 103)):

  • Smarter Balanced Assessment scores (see discussion above)
  • Cumulative High School GPA of 2.6 or higher and successful completion of Algebra II with a B or higher
  • ACT score of 22 or higher
  • SAT score of 510 or higher
  • HiSET College Ready score of 15 or higher
  • GED – Mathematical Reasoning score of 170 or higher
  • Placement Test score (appropriate score to be determined)
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 All Campuses: Smarter Balanced Community Colleges: Smarter Balanced, ACT, SAT, HiSet College Ready, GED
High School Achievement Measures All campuses: Course grades and completion Community Colleges: High School GPA (>2.6)
Non-Cognitive Measures and Essays Community Colleges: Writing sample
Measures optional or recommended to be accepted for placement under the multiple measures policy: Standardized Tests Community Colleges: EdReady, COMPASS, Accuplacer
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 – Smarter Balanced

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

System

The placement process using these measures:

Smarter Balanced Assessment placement on All Campuses: Students scoring a 4 on the SBAC are directly placed into credit bearing English and math courses. Students scoring a 3 in the English portion of the SBAC must also earn a B or better in a 12th grade English course to be placed in credit bearing coursework. Students scoring a 3 or better in the math portion of the SBAC must complete a “calculus pathway” math course in the 12th grade if pursuing a STEM major; non-STEM majors can be placed in credit-bearing math courses not on the calculus pathway without 12th grade math course completion. Students scoring a 1 or 2 on the SBAC in English will be placed based on the campus-specific placement process.
In math, a student scoring a 2 on the SBAC can be placed in credit-bearing math courses not on the “calculus pathway” if they earned a B or better in the 12th grade transition course “Introduction to College Math.” A student scoring a 1 in math on the SBC will be placed based on the campus-specific placement process.

Community College Placement
Meeting any of the following assessment cut scores places a student in English 100:

  • Smarter Balanced Assessment scores (see discussion above)
  • Cumulative High School GPA of 2.6 or higher (self-reporting)
  • 12th grade ELA course or AP Language and Composition Class with a grade of B or higher (self-reporting)
  • ACT score of 18 or higher
  • SAT score of 510 or higher in Writing
  • HiSET College Ready score of 15 or higher on Language Arts – Writing
  • GED – Reasoning through Language Arts score of 170 or higher
  • Writing Sample

Meeting any of the following assessment cut scores places a student in Math 100, 111 or 115 (College Math Track (requirements vary slightly for College Algebra Track to be placed in Math 103)):

  • Smarter Balanced Assessment scores (see discussion above)
  • Cumulative High School GPA of 2.6 or higher and successful completion of Algebra II with a B or higher
  • ACT score of 22 or higher
  • SAT score of 510 or higher
  • HiSET College Ready score of 15 or higher
  • GED – Mathematical Reasoning score of 170 or higher
  • Placement Test score (appropriate score to be determined)
Multiple measures policy documents: