College-Readiness Benchmark Guarantees Placement into Credit-Bearing Coursework


College-Readiness Benchmark Guarantees Placement into Credit-Bearing Coursework

March 2015


This database indicates states that guarantee placement of students achieving a certain score on a statewide mandatory college-ready assessment into credit-bearing courses upon entering a public postsecondary institution in the state. 

This database distinguishes between states with policies already in application versus policies scheduled to go into effect with students who are high school juniors in spring 2015 or beyond.

Highlights
  • Five states allow students achieving a minimum score on a statewide mandatory college-ready high school assessment to place into credit-bearing coursework upon college entry. 
  • California and South Dakota have voluntary statewide high school assessments that facilitate placement into credit-bearing coursework upon college entry.
  • Five states have policies or plans to implement high school exam cut scores at a future date for placement purposes.
Comments? Questions? Please contact Jennifer Dounay Zinth at jzinth@ecs.org or 303.299.3689. 
 

College-readiness benchmark guarantees placement into credit-bearing coursework
Alabama No
Alaska No
Arizona No
Arkansas No
California No. However, students who are deemed college ready on the voluntary Early Assessment Program (EAP) may enroll directly in credit-bearing coursework.
Colorado No
Connecticut No
Delaware No
District of Columbia No
Florida Yes. Placement decisions are determined by Common Placement Test.
Georgia No. However, cut scores on Georgia Milestones will be used to exempt students from placement testing.
Hawaii No
Idaho No. However, currently, students scoring a 4 on Smarter Balanced would be exempt from college remediation.
Illinois No
Indiana No
Iowa No
Kansas No
Kentucky Yes. Placement decisions are determined by ACT/SAT/KYOTE.
 
Louisiana Yes. Placement decisions are determined by ACT scores. 
Maine No
Maryland No. However, PARCC cut scores are planned for placement decisions during the 2015-2016 school year.
Massachusetts No
Michigan No
Minnesota No
Mississippi No
Missouri No
Montana No
Nebraska No
Nevada No
New Hampshire No
New Jersey No
New Mexico No
New York No
North Carolina No
North Dakota No
Ohio No. However, Ohio's "Uniform Statewide Standards for Remediation-Free Status" policy identifies ACT and SAT cut scores that deem students remediation free and eligible to enroll in credit-bearing courses in any public postsecondary institution in the state. When statewide ACT/SAT testing is fully implemented, Ohio's placement policies will be considered in line with the statewide college readiness determinants for the purposes of this database. 
Oklahoma No
Oregon No
Pennsylvania No
Rhode Island No
South Carolina No
South Dakota No. However, South Dakota offers statewide remedial coursework for students with ACT scores below 20 in math and 19 in English. The program is available through the South Dakota Virtual School. Students who successfully complete the program will be able to enter directly into college-level courses. 
Tennessee No
Texas Yes. Students performing at a specified level on embedded questions on end-of-course assessments are exempt from placement testing requirements upon postsecondary entry. Students successfully completing a college preparatory course in high school are also exempt.
Utah No
Vermont No
Virginia No
Washington No. However, beginning in 2016, students scoring 3 or 4 on Smarter Balanced and enrolling directly after high school graduation may place into college-level courses at all public two- and four-year institutions without remediation or additional placement testing. This agreement is in place in 2016-2018, and will be reviewed and revised as necessary based on student performance data. In addition, students earning a "B" or better in a Bridge ELA or math developmental course are eligible to enter credit-bearing coursework upon college entry.
West Virginia Yes. Placement decisions are determined by COMPASS.
Wisconsin No
Wyoming No

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