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On November 30, 2018, the Center hosted a webinar on Multiple Measures Placement Using Data Analytics: An Implementation and Early Impacts Report featuring Elisabeth Barnett, senior research scientist at CCRC.

The link to the recording can be found here: https://zoom.us/recording/play/l1IfRirdUzk5oLQfZo84kILIGL_S_njo22MWZQ8pOeLxwBJ_I5Mh8WWzMRmGC8kz?continueMode=true

Overview: Because institutions often rely solely on standardized placement tests to determine students’ college readiness, many incoming community college students who could have succeeded in entry-level courses are required to take remedial math or English first. Referring these students to developmental education needlessly stalls their progress toward a degree, as they are forced to sink time and money into classes that do not earn them college credit. CAPR is studying whether combining multiple measures, including placement test results and high school GPA, into a data analytics algorithm allows colleges to more accurately predict students’ performance in college-level math and English and thus place them in the courses that will best support their progress toward a degree. This report describes early results from CAPR’s experimental study of 13,000 students at seven New York community colleges who were randomly assigned to be placed using either standardized placement tests alone (control group) or multiple measures (program group). While implementing the alternative placement system was more complex than expected, all seven colleges were successful in implementing it. And early impacts results indicate students placed using multiple methods were more likely to place into and complete college-level courses in their first term.

About the Presenter: Elisabeth Barnett is a senior research scientist at CCRC specializing in the transition from high school to college. She led a randomized controlled trial of developmental summer bridge programs at eight colleges in Texas under the National Center for Postsecondary Research and has led a range of qualitative and mixed methods studies on topics related to community college student success, workforce education, and high school–college partnerships. Dr. Barnett holds a PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in educational organization and leadership. Dr. Barnett leads CAPR’s assessment study.

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