The Multiple Measures policy establishes a hierarchy of measures that colleges will use to determine second semester seniors and recent high school graduates’ readiness for college-level courses. The first measure is an unweighted high school GPA of 2.6, the second measure is ACT or SAT scores, and the third is placement testing. The policy stipulates that students who graduated from high school more than five years ago or who do not meet the GPA or ACT/SAT threshold must take a placement test if they are matriculating into programs that have developmental pre-reqs. Additional stipulations for this policy are found in the attached document. Colleges may implement Multiple Measures for Placement beginning Fall Semester 2013, with a required implementation date of Fall Semester 2016 for all colleges. The North Carolina Community College System will review student placement and success rates within two years of implementation of this policy and will report to the State Board of Community Colleges.
The proposed Multiple Measures for Placement Policy establishes a hierarchy of measures that colleges will use to determine students’ readiness for college-level courses:
- A recent high school graduate who meets the specified GPA and 4th math benchmark will be exempt from diagnostic placement testing and will be considered “college-ready” for gateway math and English courses.
- If a recent high school graduate does not meet the GPA and 4th math benchmark, the college will use specified ACT or SAT subject area test scores to determine placement.
- If a recent high school graduate does not meet the GPA and 4th math threshold or have college-ready ACT or SAT scores, the college will administer the diagnostic placement test to determine placement.
- If an applicant does not have a recent high school transcript or ACT or SAT scores, the college will administer the diagnostic placement test to determine placement.