Using ACCUPLACER to Enhance College and Career Readiness for High School Students
Agenda ■ The Big Issues ■ Design of ACCUPLACER ■ Use of ACCUPLACER scores ■ How is ACCUPLACER different? ■ Introducing ACCUPLACER Diagnostics ■ Intervention with MyFoundationsLab ■ Preparing Students to Take ACCUPLACER
ACCUPLACER is the most widely used Placement Assessment in the US State or system-wide ACCUPLACER use Institutions: 49% — 2 year 37% — 4 year 14% — High schools Institutions: 49% — 2 year 37% — 4 year 14% — High schools Used in all 50 states And in 19 countries Used in all 50 states And in 19 countries
ACCUPLACER Platform ■ Internet-based, on-demand testing ■ Computer-adaptive testing format ■ Placement and Diagnostic exams ■ Reliable and Valid
ACCUPLACER Tests General Tests Reading Comprehension Sentence Skills Arithmetic Elementary Algebra College Level Math WritePlacer Computer Skills Placement “Local” Tests ESL Suite Reading Skills Sentence Meaning Language Usage Listening WritePlacer ESL Diagnostics Reading Comprehension Sentence Skills Arithmetic Elementary Algebra (20) (17) (12) (20) (40) (30/70)
Test Blueprint Arithmetic Computation—fractions Computation—decimal numbers Problems involving percent Estimation, ordering, & number sense Word problems & applications Elementary Algebra Real Numbers Linear equations, inequalities, and systems Quadratic expressions & equations Algebraic expressions & equations (other than linear and quadratic) Word problems & applications Sentence Skills Sentence Structure Sentence Boundaries Modifiers Diction/Logic Agreement Reading Comprehension Passage-Based Reading: Main Idea PBR: Supporting Detail PBR: Inference PBR: Author's Purpose/Rhetorical Strategies Sentence Relationships
Computer Adaptive Testing Decreased Difficulty Typical Pattern of Student Responses Increased Difficulty Middle Difficulty Score is calculated and the next best item is selected based on: Difficulty Content Test Specifications Score is calculated and the next best item is selected based on: Difficulty Content Test Specifications
Branching Profiles: Test Scores College Level Math Placement 91-120 Elementary Algebra 70-90 Placement Arithmetic 20-69 Placement 20-59 Diagnostic Testing My FoundationsLab Retest ACCUPLACER
The ACCUPLACER diagnostic assessment is paired with proven MyFoundationsLab remediation. This powerful combined experience enhances college preparedness and student success.
Independent Study: Student provides own access to technology and monitors own improvement Independent Study with Instructor/Teacher Guidance: Student provides own access to technology but is monitored by teacher/instructor Blended Learning: Teacher/instructor integrating technology into curriculum. Lab: Student is given access to technology and is monitored by instructor.
Implementation Possibilities Include: Creating a College Readiness course for Seniors which reviews the skills measured on ACCUPLACER and blends traditional instruction with MyFoundationsLab. Use MyFoundationsLab as part of an ongoing English and/or Math course Provide opportunities for independent study, preferably with teacher guidance Create an intervention program such as a Summer Boot Camp.
A personalized study plan has been created for you based on your ACCUPLACER test results. Within 24 hrs you will receive an email with your log in credentials and instructions on how to access your personalized study plan. If you have not provided an accurate email address please. See your proctor to update your information.
Students enter the remediation tool. Click on the Learning Path.
Taking ACCUPLACER Tests Computer adaptive Untimed On the screen: Only one question per screen Must answer before moving ahead Cannot skip questions Cannot review and change answers Can stop and finish later
Student Preparation Information on test content and design Sample Questions for Students Study App
For more information, email: ACCUPLACER@collegeboard.org