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California Community Colleges Formally Shift Away From Placement Exams

March 20, 2019

The California Community Colleges Board of Governors agreed Monday to end the use of placement exams in the system.

The board was required to make the change because of a new state law that took effect in January 2018. The bill requires the community college system to be compliant by this fall. The new law mandates that colleges rely on high school course work, high school grades and grade point averages to assess students' abilities.

“The research is overwhelmingly clear in showing how low-income and minority students are significantly more likely to be wrongly placed in remedial classes, creating a chain of events that contribute to stubborn equity gaps,” Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley said in a news release. “These changes constitute a major step forward in meeting the commitments and goals set forth in the California Community Colleges Vision for Success.”


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