By Elizabeth Zachry Rutschow, John Diamond, and Elena Serna-Wallender | May 2017
A promising new community college intervention—the Dana Center Mathematics Pathways—involves a revised developmental math course that emphasizes statistical and quantitative reasoning skills to align with students’ fields of study. In a random assignment evaluation at four colleges in Texas, students report a qualitatively different experience with math instruction.
By Elisabeth A. Barnett and Vikash Reddy | February 2017
This paper provides an overview of the history of college placement testing, with a focus on nonselective colleges. The authors discuss the limitations of placement tests, the consequences of placement errors, and the movement toward changing systems of placement; a typology of approaches to assessment and placement is also described.