Sunday, August 19, 2018
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Multiple Measures Assessment Project (MMAP)


Timeline: 2014-2017

Collaborative effort led by the RP Group and Educational Results Partnerships’ Cal-PASS Plus system to develop, pilot, and assess implementation of a statewide placement tool using a multiple measures approach.


The Multiple Measures Assessment Project (MMAP) is a collaborative effort led by the RP Group and Educational Results Partnerships’ Cal-PASS Plus system to develop, pilot, and assess implementation of a statewide placement tool using multiple measures. The project was originally funded through the California Community College’s Common Assessment Initiative (CAI). The project has now shifted to support the AB 705 implementation.

For over two decades, California’s community colleges have been required to assess and place students in the curriculum through means other than a single test score. However, until recently, test scores have dominated the placement process across the California system. Yet, growing evidence indicates that multiple measures, such as high school transcripts and noncognitive variables, can greatly improve the accuracy of the placement process, and in turn, can facilitate student movement into and through college-level coursework.

The Multiple Measures Assessment Project has engaged with over 90 pilot colleges statewide to implement multiple measures assessment using high school performance to maximize student performance in college courses. With the shift towards AB 705 compliance, the MMAP Research team is working the Community College Chancellor’s Office to provide support, research, and recommendations on maximizing students’ likelihood of completing a transfer level math or English course in one year, or an ESL course in three years. 

For more information...

Mallory Newell, RP Group, for information on the MMAP.

Visit the Chancellor's Office Assessment and Placement website for more information about similar work being done in this area.

Project Director

Mallory Newell, Ed.D., De Anza College

Project Team

Peter Bahr, Ph.D., University of Michigan

Rachel B. Baker, Ph.D., University of Irvine

Loris Fagioli, Ph.D., Irvine Valley College (former team member)

Kristen Fong, Ph.D., The RP Group

Craig Hayward, Ph.D., Bakersfield College

Alyssa Nguyen, M.S., The RP Group (former team member)

Nathan Pellegrin, The RP Group (former team member)

Terrence Willett, M.S., Cabrillo College

Educational Results Partnership

John Hetts, Ph.D.

Daniel Lamoree, M.S.

Ken Sorey, M.S.


Butte-Glenn Community College District 


California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office, California Community Colleges Common Assessment Initiative, Educational Results Partnership

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  • Focus Populations: High school graduates; new, first-time students
  • Status: Current
  • Contact: Mallory Newell, Project Director,

Areas of Impact


Related Projects

Academy of College Excellence Longitudinal Research Study

Timeline: 2016-2017


Basic Skills as a Foundation for Success in the California Community Colleges (Poppy Copy)

Timeline: 2007-2010

Basic Skills Research Project (2009-2013)

Timeline: 2009-2013

Bridging Research, Information, and Culture Initiative (BRIC)

Timeline: 2009-2012

California Acceleration Project (CAP) Evaluation

Timeline: 2012-2014

Pilot College Resources 

Pilot College Resources
Find information for pilot colleges, including resources for getting started on your campus; decision rules and analysis code; guides for implementing multiple measures, non cognitive variables, and self-reported data; creating a research plan; and data submission.


Review white papers, technical reports, updates, and frequently asked questions (FAQs) produced by the MMAP team.

Presentations and Webinars

Presentations and Webinars
View presentations and webinars on a range of topics related to implementing and assessing the impact of multiple measures assessment. 

Note:  While these resources are generally for pilot colleges participating in the Multiple Measures Assessment Project, they are available to any California Community College stakeholder interested in learning more about how to adopt this approach.