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Pilot College Implementation Resources 

Click on the links below to access numerous resources designed for pilot colleges participating in the Multiple Measures Assessment Project, and available to any California Community College interested in learning more about how to adopt this approach on its campus. Find implementation guides, tools, exemplars, and information in the following categories:

Current Rule Sets, Phase II

Previous Iterations of Phase II Rule Sets

Phase I Rule Sets

Creating College Level Decision Rules

  • Using R for Creating Predictive Models
    This R Code can be used to create the decision rules for your college using the Retrospective file from Cal-PASS Plus.

  • Retrospective File Data Element Dictionary
    Variables and definitions of the data used in the Retrospective Analysis to create the decision rules for your college; files will assist you in replicating the statewide models using your local data.

  • Enrollment Impact Projection for Math and English
    Graph showing projected Impact of MMAP on placement level in first math or English courses

    Note: Students receiving a valid grade in their first math or English course at the indicated college were linked to their respective high school transcript data in Cal-PASS Plus. Data was limited to students from high schools that have submitted data to the Cal-PASS Plus system.

    The "Test" columns show the percentage of actual enrollment by course college level (MIS data element CB21) for this group of students. The "MMAP" column shows, for this same group, the level of placement that would have resulted from applying MMAP criteria disjunctively (taking the higher placement between assessment and recommendation based on high school data).

    Projections shown are based on a retrospective convenience sample.

    It is strongly recommended that colleges seeking impact estimates in terms of headcounts to obtain these from local sources which take into account the logic of existing or anticipated placement systems and policies affecting which students receive placement according to the MMAP criteria.

  • Student Transcript Crosswalk for Math, English, ESL, and Reading
    Crosswalk that can be used when looking at a students' transcripts to determine where they should be placed using the statewide models; document will be of particular interest to counselors and assessment center staff responsible for assigning MMAP placements to students.

    Word Version of Crosswalk
    We have provided the crosswalk in Word so colleges can make changes based on differences in their course names and sequences.

  • MMAP Prospective File Walkthrough
    Guide for colleges to upload their Student Cohort File to Cal-PASS Plus in order to receive back the Prospective Data File; data upload includes items required for Cal-PASS to match your students to their high school transcript data, and provide the assessment level based on the decision tree output.

  • Prospective File Data Element Dictionary
    Variables and definitions for the data that will be returned to a college after you upload your Student Cohort File; file includes the recommended assessment levels based on the decision tree output, as well as high school transcript information.

  • Data Upload to Cal-Pass Plus for Cohort Match Guide, October 2015
    Guide to walk pilot colleges through the process of uploading and downloading a cohort to Cal-PASS Plus; includes the steps needed to complete the Student Cohort File upload including the variables to provide to Cal-PASS to make a match, where to go to upload the file, how to retrieve the file after it has been matched, and the data elements sent back to you.

  • Guide for Developing a Research Plan
    Guide providing examples on how to develop a research plan to assess the impact of multiple measures in conjunction with your current placement process.

Other Resources

  • Placement Tool Example - College of Alameda
    Tool created by College of Alameda, used by students and counselors to determine a student’s math and English multiple measures placement based on the student’s high school transcript.

    How to Use the Tool Presentation
    Presentation walking students through the process of using the tool to determine where they would place based on their high school records; student prints out the form and brings it with them to a counseling appointment to have a counselor clear the prerequisite for the course.

  • Placement Tool Example Diablo Valley College -
    Diablo Valley College created a tool to help students determine whether they should take the English and/or Math Placement Exam.

  • Additional Multiple Measures Question Examples
    Sample questions created by colleges who add them to their assessment process which serve as an additional multiple measure; these are only examples and any college would need to determine if the questions are correlated with student outcomes before use in a placement model.

  • Informing Placement without Transcript Data, Presentation, February 2016
    Presented to the Common Assessment Steering Committee on February 2, 2016.

  • Articles and Research for Pilot Colleges
    Compilation of relevant and timely articles and reports regarding multiple measures nationwide -- a great read for anyone interested in multiple measures.

  • Example of Multiple Measures at Bakersfield College, Brief, December 2014
    Research brief was developed by Bakersfield College and presented at the December 2014 Pilot College Convening; provides a nice example of what one college has done to implement multiple measures and its outcomes.

  • REL Northwest Study on High School GPA
    This study finds high school grades are a strong predictor of college readiness for recent graduates and this short video provides an overview of the relationship between GPA and college readiness.

  • Outreach to Your High School Partners, June 2017
    Citrus College held a forum where they invited their high school partners to come learn about multiple measures and the importance of sharing high school transcript data. This brochure was used as the basis for their forum and can serve as an example for other colleges to help increase engagement with their own high school partners.

  • Placement Model for Transfer Statistics Using High School Transcript Data
    Many colleges request additional information regarding mathematics prerequisites for statistics. The following documents provide additional information on the use of the rule sets to place into transfer level statistics.

- Academic Senate Resolution

- Common Assessment Steering Committee Recommendation

Use the resources and links below when your college is ready to submit your MMAP data.

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