Academic Senate: Common Assessment Update

Academic Senate for California Community CollegesThe following message was sent to Chief Instructional Officers and other California Community Colleges faculty members statewide on Dec. 10, 2016:

Dear colleagues,

The Common Assessment was originally scheduled to be available in Fall 2016, but that availability has been delayed to ensure that the test being produced is the assessment test that meets the needs identified early in the process. It is also critical that sufficient data about the test questions and test performance be collected to ensure fairness and reliability for our students. While the delay was disappointing, it was necessary to ensure that the common assessment test will be effective in assessing and placing students. A tremendous amount has been accomplished with the help of many hours of work by dedicated faculty. These accomplishments include:

  • Development of competency skills maps in English, English as a Second Language, mathematics, and reading;
  • Development of new test questions that have been reviewed by community college faculty and have been aligned to the competency maps;
  • Development of a new testing platform that will facilitate the adaptive assessment test, provide course placement based on alignment of local curriculum to competency maps, and will integrate into local systems; and
  • Professional development to assist faculty with the alignment of existing curriculum to the competency maps to facilitate student placement.

Developing a new assessment test requires immense effort. The progress so far has been astounding and is a testament to the commitment of the faculty working on this project. The effort is continuing, and the Academic Senate and its representatives remain active participants in creating this new assessment platform. The work that colleges have done to align curriculum to the competency maps is valuable and must continue. Once the new assessment test is available, curricular alignment will be vital for configuration of the new assessment to place students locally.

If you have any questions about the common assessment, please do not hesitate to contact the Academic Senate at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Respectfully,

Julie Bruno, President
Academic Senate for California Community Colleges

More information about the common assessment is available from:

Debra L. Connick, Vice Chancellor
Technology, Research and Information Systems
California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 916-445-6299

Jennifer Coleman, Statewide Program Director
Common Assessment Initiative (CAI)
California Community Colleges Technology Center
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CAI Timeline Update page: www.CCCAssess.org/Timeline-Update


Julie Bruno is President of
the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges


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