THECB staff would like to announce an upcoming virtual opportunity to learn about the development, implementation, and reporting of the use of multiple measures for helping determine placement in college-level courses. This webinar is co-hosted by presenters from the Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Columbia University who have studied various multiple measures models in other states and institutions. A number of resources, including the Multiple Measures Toolkit, will be available as your institution develops and implements its multiple measures placement models for entering undergraduates and dual credit students. Reporting the use of multiple measures will also be discussed, and a Q&A session will follow.
Background: In response to the testing limitations brought on by COVID-19 restrictions, Commissioner Keller has approved through AY 2020-21 three options for non-exempt students entering higher education and students wishing to enroll in dual credit courses who do not have access to TSIA testing. Options include enrolling students in corequisite models or enrolling students directly in college-level courses via TSI Rule 4.54 (non-degree/certificate seeking) or TSI Rule 4.55 (“exceptional circumstance” clause). In determining which option is best for individual students, institutions are expected to use additional factors, such as HS GPA and HS course-taking patterns, and be prepared to report to THECB which factors were used in order to make placement decisions. Important points to consider when determining institutional options include 1) developmental education for high school students in not eligible for state funding, 2) undergraduates using federal financial aid cannot be non-degree/certificate-seeking, and 3) students placed under TSI Rule 4.55 must be assessed not later than the end of the first semester of enrollment.