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KCTCS Assessment and Placement Policy

Policy Number: 4.13

Current Effective Date: 07/15/2019

Original Effective Date: 02/02/2000

Revision Dates: 06/19/2001, 03/16/2004, 10/04/2005, 08/30/2006, 05/10/2007, 10/29/2009, 01/31/2011, 03/01/2011, 02/27/2011, 04/25/2013, 04/09/2014, 06/19/2014, 03/02/2015, 06/22/2016, 03/01/2019; 06/26/2019, 07/15/2019

Revision Number: 19

Revision Summary: Updated placement test scores

Responsible Official: Chancellor

References: 13 KAR 2:020

 

1. Purpose

This policy describes the assessment and placement policy by which students are eligible to enroll in KCTCS coursework.

2. Scope

2.1

This assessment and placement policy specifically applies to all credential-seeking students, students who transition from non-credential seeking to credential seeking, and students who are undecided about their choice of program as of Fall 2019, except students identified under 3.5 B Certificate and Diploma-Assessment and Placement Exemptions.

2.2

Assessment and Placement Guidelines specific to dual credit high school students are found in 4.13 APPENDIX I

3. Policy

3.1 General Provisions

  1. Students enrolling in a college credit course for the purpose of earning credit applicable toward an educational credential who meet the college readiness benchmarks as identified by the Council on Postsecondary Education’s (CPE) College Readiness (see 4.13 APPENDIX III ) Indicators may enroll in college-level coursework.

  2. A credential-seeking student who does not meet the College Readiness standards established by CPE may be required to enroll in no more than one (1) developmental course in each curriculum pathway (Reading, Writing, and Mathematics) in areas for which the student has not met the academic readiness standards. A developmental course means a course that prepares a student for college-level study and does not award credit toward a credential or degree (13 KAR 2:020).

  3. A student shall have access to a corequisite or credit-bearing content course in the curriculum pathway (English or mathematics) within the first academic year of enrollment. Corequisite course is defined as a course that includes enhanced academic supports, such as additional hours of instruction, tutoring, mentoring, or advising that awards credit toward a credential or degree (13 KAR 2:020).

  4. Students with 12 or more credit hours at the 100 level or above in general education courses with a 2.0 GPA are exempt from reading placement requirements and are considered college ready in reading. However, all students must meet individual course pre-requisites such as those for entry-level English and mathematics courses.

  5. Primary subject-level placement charts for reading, English and mathematics shall state the minimum score on the subject-specific domain for common tests used within KCTCS. Placement scores indicate minimum academic levels required for placement into KCTCS developmental courses, corequisite courses, entry-level reading, English and mathematics courses, and some programs. Colleges shall not require higher than the KCTCS placement scores listed. Placement charts do not indicate course sequences.

  6. All exam scores remain an indicator of academic readiness for a minimum of twelve (12) months from the date of administration. An institution shall not determine academic readiness using scores received from exams taken more than four (4) years prior. Administered placement tests, specific course selection, and course sequences may differ by college insofar as this policy allows. Students should refer to their respective colleges for details.

  7. Approved methods of assessment and placement are:
    • ACT
    • Accuplacer
    • ALEKS PPL
    • ASSET (not administered after November 30, 2016)
    • COMPASS (not administered after November 30, 2016)
    • EdReady Diagnostic
    • EdReady Study Path
    • GED College Readiness
    • GPA (Cumulative unweighted high school GPA at the end of the first semester senior year)
    • KYOTE
    • SAT
    • TABE 9/10-A
    • Wonderlic

3.2 Special Provisions

  1. College Discretion One-Level Advancement or “One-Up”
    KCTCS Colleges, at their discretion, may place credential-seeking students who score within one placement level below the system-wide standard into an entry-level college corequisite course or pathway-appropriate developmental course.

  2. Change in Quantitative
    Reasoning/Math Pathway
    KCTCS colleges may establish procedures to address developmental or prerequisite math needs for students who change programs and consequently QR/Math pathways. Placement into a corequisite course in the new pathway is strongly recommended.

  3. Alternative Remediation
    Students scoring below the college readiness standards maybe eligible for high quality basic skills instruction through Kentucky Skills U (formerly Kentucky Adult Education). Students with college readiness scores below the benchmark can take the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) at the local Skills U Center to determine eligibility.Additionally, student may take advantage of various pre-enrollment interventions available at many KCTCS colleges.

  4. Accommodations
    Students with disabilities may request accommodations consistent with the provisions of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

  5. High School and Home-Schooled Students
    Assessment and Placement Guidelines specific to dual credit students are in 4.13 Appendix I. Home-Schooled students will follow these same guidelines.

  6. Waivers
    A college may establish procedures to exempt students from assessment and placement criteria. The procedure must include the conditions under which a waiver will be granted, including clearly identifying the students being granted a waiver and the reason for the waiver. The college’s waiver policy must be on file at the college and in the KCTCS Chancellor’s Office.

3.3 Associate Degree-Seeking Students

  1. Mathematics Placement
    1. For students who do not have the CPE required minimum college readiness indicators for their chosen pathway (see 4.13 Appendix III), below is the KCTCS Mathematics Placement Level Chart. Each test refers to the minimum score required on the appropriate subject-specific domain of the indicated test for each Placement Level. Placement charts do not indicate course sequences. Only common tests are listed. For placement using older or uncommon measures, see 4.13 APPENDIX II.
      MATHEMATICS PLACEMENT LEVELS
      Mathematics Placement Level  ACT Mathematics  SAT Mathematics  KYOTE 

      EdReady

      Diagnostics 

      EdReady

      Study Path

      KCTCS Courses A student may enroll in any course listed below the indicated placement level.  "S" indicates a corequisite option 
      CALCULUS
      COLLEGE READINESS
       27  650 CALCULUS 15     MAT 175, MAT 174, MAT 170
       Precalculus 23  560  COLLEGE ALGEBRA 15  69 94 MAT 171, MAT 160, MAT 159
       COLLEGE ALGEBRA
      COLLEGE READINESS
      22  540   COLLEGE ALGEBRA 14 65 86 MAT 161, MAT 155, MAT 154, MAT 150
      College Algebra Corequisite
      OR
      QUANTITATIVE REASONING
      COLLEGE READINESS
       19 500  COLLEGE ALGEBRA 7
      or
      MATH PLACEMENT 22
      55 68 MAT 1501 with MAT 100,
      OR
      STA/MAT 151, MAT 146, MAT 141,
      MAT 126, MAT 116, MAT 110, MAT 105, PHI 250
      College Algebra Associated
      Developmental
       18 490 MATH PLACEMENT 18 50 63 MAT 085
      Quantitative Reasoning
      Corequisite
      OR
      Associated Developmental
       16 430 MATH PLACEMENT 12  41 59 MAT 146 with MAT 146S1,
      MAT 126 with MAT126S1, MAT 116 with MAT 116S1,
      MAT 110 with MAT 110S1, MAT 105 with MAT 105S1,
      OR
      MAT 075, MAT 071, MAT 065
      Meta-Major Pathway
      Corequisites
      OR
      Associated Developmental
       14  360 MATH PLACEMENT 6 33 53 MAT 161 with MAT 161S,
      STA/MAT 151 with MAT 151S, MAT 141 with MAT 141S
      OR
      MAT 062, MAT 0612, MAT 055, MAT 011
      Adult Education  NA  NA MATH PLACEMENT
      0 – 5
      0-32 0-52 Refer to Skills U or Pre-Enrollment Interventions
      These courses are either new courses or were submitted for minor course revisions to accommodate corequisite enrollment for Fall 2019, as per 2018-2019 KCTCS CRC Cycle B. 2This is a new course being developed for a 2019-2020 implementation.



  2. Reading Placement
    1. The pathway to complete READING basic requirements for a credential will, at most, require one developmental course to be followed by a reading corequisite or no further reading courses required.

    2. For institutions offering Integrated Reading and Writing (IRW) developmental courses, a student shall be placed into whichever is LOWER, the Reading Course Placement or the English Course Placement, but will at no time be required to take more than one developmental course per pathway.

    3. Below is the Reading Placement Level Chart. Each test refers to the minimum score required for the appropriate subject-specific domain of the indicated test for each Placement Level. Only common placement tests are listed. For Reading placement using older or uncommon measures, see 4.13 APPENDIX I.
      READING PLACEMENT LEVELS
      Reading Placement Level ACT Reading SAT Evidence-based Reading & Writing TABE 9/10 - A Reading Wonderlic Verbal
      EdReady Diagnostic
      Reading and Writing
      EdReady 
      Study Path
      Reading and Writing
      KCTCS Courses
      READING COLLEGE READINESS  20  480  12.5  325 70 95  No Reading Course Required
       Reading Corequisite or Reading Course3 16  440 10.0  265  56 72 RDG 100 with General Education or College Success Course Corequisite4 OR IRW 0955 , RDG 185, RDG 030
       Developmental 11  390  6.0  205  35 43  IRW 085, RDG 020
       Adult Education 0-10   0-380 0-5.9  0-200  0-34 0-42 Refer Skills U or Pre-Enrollment Interventions
      3 Completion of any course within the Reading Corequisite or Reading Course Placement Level satisfies reading requirements.
      4 The corequisite general education course may vary by institution. To assist with selection of corequisite courses and student registration, general education courses that currently have a reading prerequisite will allow registration with concurrent enrollment in RDG 100.
      5 Students who place at the Corequisite Level, but not lower, for both Reading and English, shall be placed in either IRW 095 which will satisfy both the reading requirement and prerequisites for ENG 101, OR a college-level reading course and/or corequisite English and reading courses. At no time shall a student take both IRW 095 and a corequisite or college-level reading or English course in the same term.



  3. English Placement
    1. The pathway to complete English (Writing) basic requirements for a credential will, at most, require one developmental course to be followed by ENG 101 or ENG 101 corequisite.

    2. For institutions offering Integrated Reading and Writing (IRW) developmental courses, a student shall be placed into whichever is LOWER, the Reading Course Placement or the English Course Placement, but will at no time be required to take more than one developmental course per pathway.

    3. Below is the English Placement Level Chart. Each test refers to the minimum score or level required for the appropriate subject-specific domain of the indicated test for each Placement Level. Only common placement tests are listed. For English placement using older or uncommon measures, see 4.13 APPENDIX I.
      ENGLISH PLACEMENT LEVELS
      English Placement Level ACT English SAT Evidence-Based Reading & Writing TABE 9/10 - A Language Wonderlic Verbal
      EdReady
      Diagnostic Reading and Writing
      EdReady
      Study Path
       Reading and Writing
      KCTCS Courses
      ENGLISH COLLEGE READINESS 18 480 12.8  310 70 95 ENG 101
      English Corequisite OR Developmental for ENG 101 14  440 9.0   240 56 72 ENG 101 Corequisite with ENG 100 OR IRW 0956 , ENC 091
      Developmental 12  390 6.1   205 35 43 IRW 085, ENC 096, ENC 090
       Adult Education 0-11  0-380 0-6.0   0-200 0-34 0-42 Refer to Skills U or Pre-Enrollment Interventions
      6 Students who place at the Corequisite Level, but not lower, for both Reading and English, shall be placed in either IRW 095 which will satisfy both the reading requirement and prerequisites for ENG 101, OR a college-level reading course and/or corequisite English and reading courses. At no time shall a student take both IRW 095 and a corequisite or college-level reading or English course in the same term.

3.4 English as a Second Language (ESL)

        1. Some KCTCS colleges offer instruction to non-native English speakers. Any ESL student who does not meet college readiness levels in English or reading shall take a language placement assessment, currently the Michigan English Placement Test (MEPT) 7 . ESL students who do not meet college readiness levels in mathematics shall take the institution’s current mathematics assessment tool.

        2. Below is the ESL Course Placement Chart for the ESL categories of reading, writing, listening/speaking and grammar. Each test refers to the minimum score required. Please refer to the specific institution’s ESL program guidelines for course options.

          ESL PLACEMENT LEVELS at Bluegrass Community & Technical College
          ESL Placement Level ACT MEPT Reading Writing Listening/Speaking
          ESL COLLEGE READINESS Reading 20 English 18  EPT 71 No Placement ENG 101 corequisite with ENG 1008 , or ENG 101 (if ESL Reading Completed) No Placement 
           ESL Level 3   EPT 60 Any 100 Level HUM corequisite with RDG 1008 , or ESL 030  ESL 130  ESL 110
           ESL Level 2   EPT 41 ESL 120 corequisite with RDG 1009 , or ESL 020 ESL 091   ESL 100 or ESL 012
           ESL Level 1   EPT 30 FYE corequisite with RDG 1009 , or ESL 010  ESL 090  ESL 011
           ESL Level 0   EPT 0 –29    Refer to Skills U or Pre-Enrollment Interventions
          ESL PLACEMENT LEVELS at Jefferson Community & Technical College
          ESL Placement Level ACT MEPT Reading Writing Grammar
          ESL COLLEGE READINESS Reading 20 English 18 EPT 70 No Placement  ENG 101, FYE 105 No Placement
           ESL Level 4   EPT 60  ESL 053 ESL 063  ESL 063
           ESL Level 3   EPT 50  ESL 052 ESL 072  ESL 082
           ESL Level 2   EPT 40  ESL 051 ESL 071   ESL 081
           ESL Level 1   EPT 21  ESL 031 ESL 041  ESL 041
          ESL Level 0   EPT 0 - 20 Refer to Skills U or Pre-Enrollment Interventions
          7 Formerly referred to as CaMLA (Cambridge Michigan Language Assessment)
          8 Where available, special sections of corequisite and RDG 100 classes dedicated to ESL students will be designated

 

 3.5 Certificate and Diploma-Seeking Students

  1. Certificate and Diploma Minimum Standards (See Exemptions Below)

    KCTCS has determined minimum academic standards for placing students in certificate and diploma programs. Some certificates embedded within associate degree programs may have placement levels less than those required for the associate degree and other certificates may require higher assessment and placement levels as determined through the curriculum approval process. All course prerequisites and selective admissions requirements must still be met.

    Certificate or Diploma Minimum Standards (Students should meet one of the following):
    • ACT Composite Score of 16
    • The equivalent of ACT Mathematics 16, ACT Reading 16, and ACT English 14 as indicated on the Placement Tables found in section 3.3 of this policy
    • Earned 12 college-level credit hours within the last 7 years
    • Completed the appropriate developmental and/or corequisite course sequence(s).
    • Met Ability to Benefit standards (students who have not obtained a high school diploma or its equivalent) by completing a Department of Education approved exam with appropriate scores or satisfactorily completing 6 credit hours or the equivalent coursework applicable toward a degree or certificate offered by the institution making the determination.

  2. Certificate and Diploma Assessment and Placement Exemptions
    1. KCTCS grants an exemption from assessment and placement criteria for any student enrolled in a credential or program that requires 18 credits or less, or is listed below. However, any course prerequisites must still be met.
      1. Detailer (C)
      2. Electro Hydraulic Technician (C)
      3. Industrial Maintenance Electrical Mechanic – Industrial (C)
      4. Maintenance Mechanic Level I (C)
    2. Colleges using the waiver process described in section 3.2 of this policy may exempt students enrolled in select certificate and diploma programs from assessment and placement criteria.
    3. If a student has successfully completed all course work for a certificate or diploma, the student shall then be exempt from assessment and placement criteria, thus allowing the student to earn the qualifying credential. 


4.13 Appendix I: Assessment and Placement of Dual Credit High School Students All Colleges will utilize this placement guideline/policy as written

To help maximize high school student success in dual credit courses and subsequent college/university coursework upon high school graduation, and to maintain the integrity of college-level coursework, this policy has been developed to assess and place 9th through 12th grade high school students in dual credit classes. All KCTCS Colleges will follow these guidelines as written, which align closely with the CPE Admissions and Placement Regulation and align with but do not completely match the general provisions of the KCTCS Assessment and Placement Policy. Limited admissions programs such as Early or Middle College programs will follow those program admission requirements.

As per KHEAA policy, the Dual Credit and Work Ready Kentucky Scholarships may not be used for a course which previously received a scholarship. So, if a student earned an E, F, I or W, they may not use either scholarship to repeat the course. Note that KHEAA success policy is different from KCTCS dual credit course success practices as shown below.

Requirements for enrollment into General Education Dual Credit Courses
  • Students must meet:
    • KCTCS’s college readiness benchmarks for English AND Reading for enrollment into all non-QR/Math courses;
    • OR Mathematics (at least Meta-Major Pathway benchmarks) for enrollment into all QR/Math courses;
    • AND any course-specific requirements noted in the KCTCS course catalog as appropriate to the desired coursework.
    • Exception: Dual credit students in the 12th grade who assess/place into an English, Math or Reading course with a supplemental course may enroll in that option if offered by their KCTCS College. Both courses are eligible for any available dual credit tuition waiver.

  • Students must have a high school grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 unweighted scale.
    • Exception: First semester 9th grade students who do not have a high school GPA may enroll in one general education course if they meet KCTCS college readiness benchmarks as appropriate for their coursework. This requires benchmarks
      • In English AND Reading for enrollment into all non-QR/Math courses;
      • OR the appropriate Mathematics benchmark for enrollment into all QR/Math courses based on the course admission requested;
      • AND any course-specific requirements noted in the KCTCS course catalog as appropriate to the desired coursework.

  • Dual credit students (not including Early or Middle College students) who do not successfully complete a dual credit course with a C or higher1
    • If enrolled in 9th or 10th grade, the student may repeat that course or take another dual credit course. The student may only register for one dual credit class the returning semester, and, if applicable, the accompanying corequisite lab. Please note a KHEAA scholarship may not be used to retake a course for which a scholarship has already been utilized.
    • If enrolled in 11th or 12th grade, the student may repeat that course, and, if applicable, the accompanying corequisite lab AND/OR take other dual credit courses. Please note a KHEAA scholarship may not be used to retake a course for which a scholarship has already been utilized.

  • Any dual credit student withdrawing from two or more courses in a session or semester must meet with the College Chief Academic Officer or designee before enrolling for any subsequent session or semester.
Technical Education Course Requirements
  • Students must meet:
    • An ACT Composite Score of 16;
    • OR ACT Mathematics 16 AND ACT Reading 16;
    • OR any accepted equivalent from the KCTCS Assessment and Placement Policy;
    • OR a high school grade point average (GPA) of 2.5;
    • AND any course-specific requirements noted in the KCTCS course catalog.
  1. Dual credit students (not including Early or Middle College students) who do not successfully complete a dual credit course with a C or higher1:
    • If enrolled in 9th or 10th grade, the student may repeat that course or take another dual credit course. The student may only register for one dual credit class the returning semester, and, if applicable, the accompanying corequisite lab. Please note a KHEAA scholarship may not be used to retake a course for which a scholarship has already been utilized.
    • If enrolled in 11th or 12th grade, the student may repeat that course, and, if applicable, the accompanying lab AND/OR take other dual credit courses. Please note a KHEAA scholarship may not be used to retake a course for which a scholarship has already been utilized.

1 Students with a D, E, F, or I are considered unsuccessful completers for KCTCS dual credit coursework. Most courses will not transfer or count as a course pre-requisite unless the grade earned is a C or higher.

4.13 Appendix II: Course Placement for Older or Uncommon Measures

  1. The following placement charts are for reference to older placement tests no longer being offered but still within the four (4) year period for placement, or for reference to less common measures or pilot measures. Manual prerequisites overrides may be needed for student enrollment based on some of these measures, especially for courses below college readiness.

  2. Mathematics Placement Levels
    Mathematics Placement Level ACT MATH ALEKS PPL ASSET (not available as of November 31, 2016) COMPASS (not available as of November 31, 2016) GED College Readiness MATHEMATICAL REASONING MAP MATH TABE 9/10 - A Wonderlic QUANTITATIVE
    CALCULUS (CL) COLLEGE READINESS  27  76  NA  Algebra 93  NA  NA  NA  NA
    Precalculus  23  52  El Alg. 47 Int. Alg. 46 Algebra 55  NA  NA  NA  355
    COLLEGE ALGEBRA (CA) COLLEGE READINESS  22  46  El. Alg. 46 Int. Alg. 43 Algebra 50  175  258  NA  340
    College Algebra Corequisite OR QUANTITATIVE REASONING (QR) COLLEGE READINESS  19  30  El. Alg. 41 Int. Alg. 39 Algebra 36  165  NA  NA  300
    College Algebra Associated Developmental   18  NA  El. Alg. 39 Int. Alg. 36 Algebra 31  NA  NA  NA  280
    Quantitative Reasoning Corequisite OR Associated Developmental   16  NA  El. Alg. 34 Int. Alg. 33 N. Skills 38 Algebra 25 Prealgebra 42  NA  NA  10.2  270
    Meta-Major Pathway Corequisites OR Associated Developmental  14  NA  N. Skills 25 Algebra 16 Prealgebra 24  NA  NA  6.4  250
    Adult Education  NA  NA  N. Skills 0-24 Prealgebra 0-24  NA  NA  0-6.3  0-245
  3. Reading Placement Levels
    Reading Placement Level ACT READING Accuplacer READING ASSET READING (not available as of November 31, 2016) COMPASS READING (not available as of November 31, 2016) GED College Readiness Reasoning through the Language Arts KYOTE READING MAP READING SAT Reading Subscore
    READING COLLEGE READINESS 20  80  44  85  165  20  237  25
    Reading Corequisite or Reading Course  16  60  39  73  NA  12  234  17
     Developmental   11  41  32  46  NA  6  NA  11
    Adult Education  0-10  0-40  0-31  0-45  NA  0-5  NA  0-11
  4. English Placement Levels

    English Placement Level ACT ENGLISH Accuplacer WritePlacer ASSET WRITING (not available as of November 31, 2016) COMPASS WRITING (not available as of November 31, 2016) GED College Readiness Reasoning through the Language Arts KYOTE WRITING MAP Language Usage SAT Writing & Language Subscore
    ENGLISH COLLEGE READINESS  18  5  43  74  165  6  232  25
    English Corequisite or Developmental for ENG 101  14  4  38  39  NA  5  228  21
     Developmental  12  2  33  26  NA  3  NA  19
    Adult Education  0-11  0-1  0-32  0-25  NA  0-2  NA  NA

4.13 Appendix III: Council on Postsecondary Education College Readiness Indicators

Beginning 2019-2020, all public postsecondary institutions in Kentucky will use the indicators of readiness established by the Council on Postsecondary Education as measures of college academic readiness. Upon admission to a public postsecondary institution, students scoring at or above the established scores or grades will not be required to complete developmental coursework and will be allowed entry into college credit-bearing coursework that counts toward degree credit requirements.

Area ACT Score SAT Score KYOTE GED College Readiness ALEKS
 English (Writing) English 18 or higher Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 480 or higher or 25 on the Writing and Language Test  Writing 6 or higher Reasoning through the Language Arts 165 or higher  Not applicable as a placement score 
 Reading Reading 20 or higher  Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 480 or higher or 25 or higher on Reading Test Reading 20 or higher Reasoning through the Language Arts 165 or higher Not applicable as a placement score 
Mathematics (Quantitative Reasoning) Mathematics 19 or higher Mathematics 500 or higher  College Readiness Mathematics 22 or higher Mathematical Reasoning 165 or higher ALEKS PPL 30 
Mathematics (College Algebra) Mathematics 22 or higher Mathematics 560 or higher College Algebra 14 or higher Mathematical Reasoning 175 or higher ALEKS PPL 46 
Mathematics (Calculus) Mathematics 27 or higher Mathematics 650 or higher Calculus 15 or higher Not applicable as a placement score ALEKS PPL 76 

Per the College Readiness Indicators Workgroup, all exam scores remain an indicator of academic readiness for a minimum of twelve (12) months from the date of administration. Individual institutions may extend the length of time scores remain indicators of academic readiness. However, an institution shall not determine academic readiness using scores received from exams taken more than four (4) years prior. Other exams, prior college coursework, and placement exams may be used for course placement after a student is admitted to a postsecondary institution.