Are approved assessment instruments identified? If so, which assessments are used or allowed?<br>Are uniform cut scores identified? If so, what are the cut scores for these common assessments?

Developmental Education Policies

Are approved assessment instruments identified? If so, which assessments are used or allowed?
Are uniform cut scores identified? If so, what are the cut scores for these common assessments?

December 2018


The cut scores presented in this resource are the lowest scores a student can receive on an assessment to be considered college-ready. An asterisk indicates that the state uses a subject area test score for the SAT. “SAT (new)” refers to scores received on the SAT administered after March 2016. “SAT (old)” refers to scores received on the SAT administered prior to March 2016. The COMPASS assessment is no longer administered; however many states and systems still accept COMPASS scores received within a certain time period.
 

Are approved assessment instruments identified? If so, which assessments are used or allowed? Are uniform cut scores identified? If so, what are the cut scores for these common assessments? Citations
Alabama
No policy identified, however, a public website indicates placement exams are COMPASS and ASSET. No policy identified.
Alaska
No policy identified. No policy identified.
Arizona
No policy identified. No policy identified.
Arkansas
Yes. Approved assessments include: ACT. Math:
ACT - 22

English:
ACT - 18
 
Coordinating Board Policy for Student Placement into General Education Core Courses (3.08) and College and Program Admissions And Student Ability to Benefit (4.05)
California
California State University Board of Trustees
No. CSU shall establish systemwide placement standards. However, a public facing website identifies cut scores for the ACT and SAT that may require enrollment in the Early Start Program. No policy identified. Executive Order 1110
Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges No. The Board of Governors must establish a common assessment system, to be used as one of multiple measures. No policy identified. Cal. Educ. Code § 78213
Colorado
Yes. Approved assessments include: SAT, ACT, Community College Placement Test, ACCUPLACER, GED, HiSET and TASC. Colleges may adopt lower cut scores, but may not adopt higher scores. Cut scores are not reflective of the level of readiness for college algebra or higher, or intermediate writing.

Math:
ACT - 19
ACCUPLACER - 61
SAT (new) - 500
SAT (old) - 460

English:
ACT - 18
ACCUPLACER - 80 on reading comprehension and/or 95 on sentence skills
SAT (new) - 470
SAT (old) - 430
 
Section I Part E, Developmental Education
Connecticut
Connecticut State University System
No policy identified. No policy identified.
Board of Regents of the Connecticut State Colleges and University System No. Institutions may administer the ACCUPLACER test. No policy identified. Board Policy 1.9 Community College Suspension of Placement Policy
Delaware
No policy identified. No policy identified.
District of Columbia
No policy identified. No policy identified.
Florida
State Board of Education and Board of Governors
Yes. Approved assessments include: ACT, ACCUPLACER, SAT and Florida Postsecondary Readiness Test. Math:
ACT - 19
ACCUPLACER, elementary algebra - 72
SAT - 24*

English:
ACT, English - 17
ACT, reading - 19
ACCUPLACER, sentence skills or reading comprehension - 83
SAT, reading test - 24*
SAT, writing and language test - 25*
 
Fla. Admin. Code Ann R. 6A-10.0315
Florida State University System Board of Governors Yes. Approved assessments include: ACT, ACCUPLACER, SAT, and Florida Postsecondary Readiness Test. Math:
ACT - 19
ACCUPLACER, elementary algebra - 72
SAT (new) - 24*
SAT (old) - 440

Reading and Writing:
ACT, reading - 19
ACT, English - 17
ACCUPLACER reading comprehension or sentence skills - 83
SAT (new), reading - 24*
SAT (new), writing and language test - 25*
SAT (old) - 440
 
Board Regulations Chapter 6.008 Postsecondary College-Level Preparatory Testing, Placement, and Instruction for State Universities

https://www.flbog.edu/documents_regulations/regulations/6.008%20College%20Placement.pdf
Florida State Board of Education Yes, including: ACT, ACCUPLACER, SAT, and Florida Postsecondary Readiness Test. Math:
ACT - 19
ACCUPLACER, elementary algebra - 72
SAT (new) - 24*
SAT (old) - 440

Reading and Writing:
ACT, reading - 19
ACT, English - 17
ACCUPLACER reading comprehension or sentence skills - 83
SAT (new), reading - 24*
SAT (new), writing and language test - 25*
SAT (old) - 440
 
State Board of Education Rule 6A-10.0315
Georgia
University of Georgia System Board of Regents
Yes. Approved assessments include: ACT, SAT and Compass if other scores are not available. Institutions may set higher scores or require additional measures.

Math:
ACT - 17
SAT - 400

Reading/Writing:
ACT - 17
SAT - 430
 
Board of Regents Policy 2.9 Learning Support and Board of Regents Policy 3.2.4 Test Scores
State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia Yes. Approved assessments include: ACT, SAT, ELA Milestones, GED, Classic ACCUPLACER and ACCUPLACER NexGen. Cut scores are provided for degree programs and diploma programs. The scores included here are for degree programs.

Math:
ACT - 19
ACCUPLACER, elementary algebra - 57
ACCUPLACER, Next Gen - 245
SAT (new) - 24*
SAT (old) - 440

English:
ACT, reading - 17
ACT, English - 16
ACCUPLACER classic, reading - 64
ACCUPLACER classic, sentence skills - 70
ACCUPLACER classic, writeplacer - 4
ACCUPLACER Next-Gen, reading - 242
ACCUPLACER Next-Gen, writing - 249
SAT, reading - 25*
SAT, writing and language - 26*
 
 
TCSG State Board Policy Manual - Program Placement Information, pg 1167
Hawaii
No policy identified. No policy identified.
Idaho
No. ACT, SAT or other diagnostic placement tests are determined by the institution. No policy identified. Governing Policies and Procedures III and III.Q
Illinois
No policy identified. No policy identified.
Indiana
No policy identified. No policy identified.
Iowa
No policy identified. No policy identified.
Kansas
Yes. The ACCUPLACER is the recommended assessment exam.

Approved assessments include: ACT, ACCUPLACER, SAT and the GED.
Math:
ACCUPLACER, quantitative reasoning, algebra and statistics - 250

English:
ACCUPLACER, reading and writing - 255
 
2018 Placement Assessment Guidelines
Kentucky
Kentucky Administrative Regulations
Yes. Approved assessments include: ACT and SAT, and ACT RESIDUAL, ASSET, COMPASS, KYOTE or ACCUPLACER for adult learners who have not completed the SAT or ACT. The cut score for college algebra is higher that the cut score for a liberal arts math course. Cut score included here is for a liberal arts course.

Math:
ACT - 19

English:
ACT - 18
13 Ky. Admin. Regs. 2:020 (Section 2) (10)
Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education No policy identified. Cut scores are outlined in administrative regulations. Kentucky's Guiding Principles for Developmental Education and Postsecondary Intervention Programming
Kentucky Community and Technical College System Yes. Approved assessment instruments are: ACT, ALEKS, ASSET, COMPASS, EdReady, GED, KY Online Testing, PARCC, SAT, Smarter Balance, TABE-A and Wonderlic. Math:
ACT - 19
COMPASS, algebra domain - 36
SAT - 500

English:
ACT - 18
COMPASS - 74
SAT - 480 or 25*

Reading:
ACT - 20
COMPASS - 85
SAT - 480 on evidence based reading and writing or 25 on reading test
 
KCTCS Assessment and Placement Policy 4.13
Louisiana
Yes. Approved assessments include: ACT, ACCUPLACER, ASPIRE, EOC, Pre-ACT, Pre-SAT, SAT. Cut scores for college algebra are higher. The cut scores included here are for college math.
Math:
ACT - 19
ACCUPLACER, elementary algebra - 65
SAT - 510

English:
ACT - 18
ACCUPLACER, sentence skills - 86
SAT (new) - 500
 
Board of Regents Academic Affairs Policy 2.18
Maine
No policy identified. No policy identified.
Maryland
No policy identified. No policy identified.
Massachusetts
Yes. Students who do not meet minimum SAT scores must be assessed using the ACCUPLACER exam. Math:
ACCUPLACER, elementary algebra - 82
ACCUPLACER, college elevel math - 40

English:
SAT, Verbal - 500
ACCUPLACER - 68
Michigan
No policy identified. No policy identified.
Minnesota
Yes. The instrument are outlined in System Procedures. The ACCUPLACER is the designated instrument, however students may present an ACT score. Math:
ACT - 22
ACCUPLACER, elementary algebra - 76
ACCUPLACER, college math - 50

Reading and Writing:
ACT, English - 18
ACT, reading - 21
ACCUPLACER - 78
 
System Procedure 3.3.1 Assessment for Course Placement
Mississippi
A review of a student who does not meet admission standards will consider ACT scores, however ACT scores are not required. Equivalent SAT scores may be submitted. Students who score below the cut score will be encouraged to participate in the year long academic support program.

ACT Composite - 16
IHL Board Policies 602.B & 602.C
Missouri
Students may present an ACT score for course placement. Students who score below the minimum ACT score must test for placement. Math:
ACT - 23
COMPASS - 66
SAT - 460

Reading:
ACT - 18
COMPASS - 81
SAT - 460

Writing:
ACT - 18
COMPASS - 70
SAT - 450
 
College Readiness Standards for the Missouri Community Colleges
Montana
Admission policy states that college readiness can be demonstrated through the following assessments: ACT and SAT. Math:
ACT - 22
SAT - 27.5*

English:
ACT - 18
SAT - 25*
Board of Regents Policy & Procedures Manual Section 301.1, Admission Requirements

Nebraska
No policy identified. No policy identified.
Nevada
Yes. Approved assessments include: ACT, PARCC, SAT and Smarter Balanced. Math:
ACT - 22
SAT (new) - 530
SAT (old) - 500

English:
ACT, English - 18
ACT, ELA - 20
SAT (new) - 480
SAT (old) - 500
 
NSHE Board policy Title 4, Chapter 16, Section 1

New Hampshire
No policy identified. No policy identified.
New Jersey
No policy identified. No policy identified.
New Mexico
No policy identified. No policy identified.
New York
New York community colleges
No policy identified. No policy identified.
State University of New York Trustees No policy identified. No policy identified.
University Provost of CUNY Yes. Students who do not meet minimum proficiency standards must take the COMPASS assessment. Approved assessments include: COMPASS and SAT. Only math scores are included in policy. A public facing webpage provides cut scores for reading and writing. Scores presented here are for community colleges - scores are higher at comprehensive and senior colleges.

Math:
SAT - 480
COMPASS - 35
University Provost Memo, date June 27, 2013, Changes in Remedial Policy and Practice.
North Carolina
Yes. The policy outlines an index of high school GPA and required assessment scores. Student with a GPA older than 5 years or assessment scores must take the approved assessment.

The approved assessment is the NC DAP, administered using ACCUPLACER.
Cut scores are dependant on the high school GPA, and can be found in the NCCCS index. NCCCS Policy, Multiple Measures for Placement, August 2016 and Student Services, Regulations and Policies

North Dakota
Yes. Approved assessments include: ACCUPLACER, ACT, ACT Aspire, ACT Plan, ALEKS, COMPASS, EdReady, MAA Maplesoft, Pearson, SAT and Smarter Balanced. Colleges and Universities are required to use math and English cut scores. Institutions may elect to use the science and reading scores included in the policy.

Math:
ACT - 21
ACCUPLACER, elementary algebra - 76
ACCUPLACER, college math - 50
COMPASS - 49
SAT (new) - 530
SAT (old) - 990 composite

English:
ACT - 18
ACCUPLACER - 5
COMPASS - 77
SAT (new) - 480
SAT (old) - 430
 
NDUS Procedures 402.1.2 Student Placement into College Courses
Ohio
Ohio state statutes
No policy identified. No policy identified.
Ohio presidents of state higher education institutions Yes. Approved assessments include: ACT, ACCUPLACER classic, ACCUPLACER Next Gen, GED and SAT. The standards do not replace institutional placement policies. Institutions may not adopt higher scores, but may use lower scores.

Math:
ACT - 22
ACCUPLACER, classic - 55
ACCUPLACER, Next Gen quantitative reasoning or advanced algebra - 263
SAT (new) - 530

English:
ACT - 18
ACCUPLACER, classic - 88 on sentence skills or 5 on writeplacer
ACCUPLACER, Next Gen - 263 on writing or 5 on writeplacer
SAT (new) - 480

Reading:
ACT - 22
ACCUPLACER, classic - 80
ACCUPLACER, Next Gen - 250
SAT (new) - 480
 
Uniform Statewide Standards for Remediation Free Status
Oklahoma
Yes. Approved assessments include: ACT and SAT. Cut scores for science are included in the policy.

Math:
ACT - 19
SAT (new) - 530

English:
ACT - 19
SAT (new) - 480


Reading:
ACT - 19
AT (new) - 480
State Regents Academic Affairs Procedure 3.20
Oregon
Oregon work group
No policy identified. No policy identified.
Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission and Department of Education No policy identified. No policy identified.
Pennsylvania
No policy identified. No policy identified.
Rhode Island
Rhode Island Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner
No policy identified. No policy identified.
Community College of Rhode Island No policy identified. No policy identified.
South Carolina
South Carolina Commission on Higher Education
No. The policy states the technical colleges should develop common criteria for competencies based on common assessment instruments. No policy identified. Commission Policies on Developmental Education in South Carolina

South Carolina Technical College System No. Each college should determine minimum placement criteria. No policy identified. State Board Procedure 3-2-101.1

South Dakota
Yes. Guidelines include an index score matrix that uses high school GPA and assessment scores. Approved assessments include: ACT, ACCUPLACER, SAT and Smarter Balanced. The placement index uses high school GPA alongside assessment score. BOR Guideline 7.6: English and Mathematics Placement Guidelines
Tennessee
Yes. Approved assessments include ACT, SAT or other assessments. Math:
ACT - 19
SAT (new) - 500

English:
ACT, writing - 18
ACT, reading - 19
SAT, writing - 490
SAT, reading - 500

 
Board Guidelines, Learning Support: A-100
Texas
Yes. The only approved assessment is the TSI Assessment offered by the College Board. Cut scores for the TSI Assessment are included in the policy. 19 Tex. Admin. Code § 4.51 et. seq.

Utah
No policy identified. No policy identified.
Vermont
No policy identified. No policy identified.
Virginia
Yes. The policy includes an assessment index of high school GPA and high school coursework. Approved assessments include ACT, GED, SAT and the Virginia Placement Test. Math:
ACT - 22
SAT - 520

English:
ACT - 21
SAT - 500
 
VCCS Student Development Services, Student Development, Placement, Section 6.4.0.2
Washington
No policy identified. No policy identified.
West Virginia
West Virginia higher education policy commission and the council for community and technical college education
Assessments are identified in state rules. Cut scores are identified in state rules.
West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission Yes. Approved assessments include: ACT, ACCUPLACER, ASSET, SAT, the WV general summative assessment and other assessments as approved by the Chancellor. Math:
ACT - 19
ACCUPLACER - 76 on elementary algebra or 40 on college math
SAT - 500

English:
ACT - 18
ACCUPLACER - 88 on sentence skills
SAT - 480

Reading:
ACT - 17
SAT - 23*
ACCUPLACER - 79 on reading comprehension
 
W. Va. Code R. 133-21 et. seq.
Wisconsin
Yes. For students who score below the system established college readiness levels, each institution has authority over assessments and criteria to determine course placement. Approved assessments include: ACT, SAT and UW system placement test. Cut scores vary across institutions. Regent Policy Document 4-8 (7) and University of Wisconsin System, Center for Placement Testing
Wyoming
Yes. Approved assessments include: ACT and SAT. ACT composite - 21
SAT (new) composite - 1060
Admission of Students, UW Regulation 2-201

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