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California Community Colleges Common Assessment InitiativeFollowing announcement of a new timeline for the systemwide common assessment known as CCCAssess, the California Community Colleges (CCC) Chancellor’s Office and Common Assessment Initiative (CAI) provided an update on the pilot effort.

A memo distributed Jan. 30 to all CCC chief executive, instructional and student services officers outlined the modified pilot plan, which will now take place in two phases.

The two-phased approach will allow the CCC to more effectively manage the release of the common assessment and “address the complexity of this pioneering effort for our system,” according to the “CAI Update” memo, which was signed by Debra Connick, Vice Chancellor for Technology, Research and Information Systems, Theresa Tena, Vice Chancellor for Institutional Effectiveness, and Pamela D. Walker, Vice Chancellor for Educational Services.

The memo is part of a series of planned monthly progress updates on the development, review and validation of CCCAssess, and preparations for rollout to pilot colleges. Click the link to read the full text of the Jan. 30 CAI Update memo, and visit the Timeline Update page of the CAI website at for more information about the initiative.

Crista Souza is the TechEDge News Editor