Initial Assessment: Currently, Los Rios colleges assess students for math, English reading, English writing and ESL, using a combination of four different assessment tools from different vendors. Sacramento City College is in pilot mode to convert to the California Community Colleges Common Assessment Initiative (CAI) tool. One of the current assessment tools, Compass, was retired by the vendor on November 30, 2016. The colleges using Compass have replaced it with Accuplacer until the state assessment tool is available for use.
The CAI provides a common assessment system (CAS) that includes instruments to evaluate students’ content knowledge and other measures that predict course and college success. The CAS will include access to assessment data for students and college professionals, as well as training on the use of assessment data to improve student success. CAI selected Unicon to develop the platform and Link-Systems International (LSI) to create the assessment content. CAI finalized the competency maps that form the basis for test content and ultimately inform local placement decisions. The state CAI project scheduled to go live on December 1, 2016 was delayed and no new implementation date has announced. The colleges will follow the new state implementation timeline when it is finalized.
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