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PARCC Exam Makes Inroads as College-Readiness Proxy

By Catherine Gewertz — March 17, 2015 1 min read

Two public colleges in Colorado say they will consider the results of the assessment from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers when they place students into entry-level credit-bearing courses.

The action suggests that higher education is coming to embrace the idea that a qualifying score on common-core assessments shows that a student is ready for college-level work.

Adams State University in Alamosa, Colo., and Aims Community College in Greeley, Colo., are the first to consider PARCC scores in course-placement decisions. Washington state’s university system and the higher education system in West Virginia made similar pledges last year about their use of scores on the Smarter Balanced assessment.

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A version of this article appeared in the March 18, 2015 edition of Education Week as PARCC Exam Makes Inroads as College-Readiness Proxy

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