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Diablo Valley College chemistry students; photo provided by California Community Colleges Chancellor's OfficeWith a technical review underway on the systemwide common assessment known as CCCAssess, California Community Colleges (CCC) Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley recently provided college leaders with an update on the initiative.

A memo distributed May 5 to CCC Chief Executive Officers – which includes presidents, chancellors and superintendents – stated that the technical review of the CCCAssess tests for math, English and English as a Second Language will be completed by the end of May.

No further guidance was provided relative to CCCAssess adoption. However, the memo suggested a strong inclination toward the use of high school transcript data in college placement decisions, an approach that has been shown to help improve student outcomes. Oakley characterized CCCAssess as a component of a multiple measures approach to assessment.

“As you know, the CAI is a very ambitious project that has encountered challenges and delays that have affected some of our colleges,” Oakley stated. “I am fully aware of these impacts and can assure you that my executive team is working to clarify our next steps, taking into account recent research on multiple measures.”

Multiple measures assessment models factor in high school transcript data and GPA, grades for specific coursework, test results from standardized exit and entrance exams, and other non-cognitive information.

CCCAssess is being developed by the Common Assessment Initiative (CAI), in collaboration with faculty and staff systemwide. Updates on the project are posted on the CAI website at

Crista Souza is the TechEDge News Editor


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