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California Community Colleges Common Assessment InitiativeExciting things are happening with the California Community Colleges (CCC) Common Assessment Initiative (CAI). The custom assessment platform is in development and test item piloting will start this summer.


The Common Assessment System, known as CCCAssess, is expected to be available to colleges for full use beginning in Fall 2016 for Spring 2017 placement. CAI project staff have been fielding phone calls and emails from colleges interested in adopting CCCAssess as soon as possible. If this is something you are interested in leading on your campus, here is how to get started.

Setting Up Local CAI implementation Teams

  1. Identify and engage key stakeholders including:
    a. Math, English, ESL and Counseling faculty
    b. Assessment center staff
    c. Researchers
    d. IT personnel

  2. Lay out what the assessment process looks like for your students right now in preparation for changes coming with CCCAssess.

  3. Have faculty look at the CAI Assessment Competency Maps at and compare them to local course outlines in preparation for creating local placement decision models.

  4. Look at the multiple measures currently in use at your college and consider other multiple measures models currently being piloted in the system. See for more information.

  5. Determine the best timeframe for rollout at your college by analyzing:
    a. Assessment and enrollment cycles
    b. Involvement in other student success initiatives
    c. Timelines and expiration dates on existing contracts for assessment tools

  6. Contact the CAI Statewide Project Director, Dr. Jennifer Coleman, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to indicate your interest and requested rollout timeline.

To receive further updates on the project, including webinars, regional meetings and professional development opportunities, please visit the CAI project website at and join the CAI Interest Listserv.

Dr. Jennifer Coleman is Statewide Program Director of the
California Community Colleges Common Assessment Initiative.