Standardized Test Harms Community College Students

Emily Hanford makes a case for why community colleges should rethink their one-score placement strategy.

“Placing a majority of community college students into remedial classes based on a single, questionable test score is a relic of [an] outdated attitude toward higher education. Even the College Board, the company that makes the Accuplacer, says a test score should not be the sole determinant of who needs remediation.”

Hanford is not the sole champion of this position: NROC members throughout the country are successfully adopting low-stakes alternatives to traditional placement exams.

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