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Flexible and innovative solutions exist for a common assessment platform, as does the potential to integrate and leverage these solutions with a variety of California Community College initiatives and programs.

 

That’s the prevailing opinion after an initial review of responses to the CCC Common Assessment Initiative (CAI) Request for Information (RFI) for CCCAssess. The RFI garnered 10 responses representing 14 different entities.

A full RFI report is expected within two weeks, and the release of a related Request for Proposal (RFP) is slated for late fall. Currently, three subject-matter work groups in English, Math and ESL are developing recommendations for the assessment competencies that will inform the RFP.

High Level Of Commitment

These subject-matter work groups met for the first time July 8 through July 10. Combined with the other CAI work groups—notably Platform, Professional Development and Multiple Measures—75 CCC faculty members are now represented within the CAI.

“Sitting in on full days of work for the English, Math and ESL subject-matter work groups, I was impressed with the level of expertise we have engaged in the assessment development process,” said CAI Statewide Program Manager Dr. Jennifer Coleman. “Each of the participants (nearly 70 faculty and another 60 representatives from various stakeholder groups) demonstrated not only their commitment to creating the highest quality common assessment, but their devotion to serving students.”

In the meantime, an extensive list of frequently asked questions and a glossary of terms are being drafted to assist stakeholders in framing their comments and questions to those who may have different mental models of what the assessment development and piloting processes should resemble.

The next CCCConfer-hosted CAI Steering Committee meetings are scheduled for July 24 and Aug. 12.


Sandoval Chagoya is the TechEDge Executive Editor, Director of Outreach and Communications for the Online Education Initiative, and a Project Manager for the
California Community Colleges Technology Center and the California Virtual Campus.