Education in Colorado:
Evolving Recommendations from the
Developmental Education Task Force
CCCS Developmental Education Coordinator
Multiple placement criteria - assessments, secondary
diagnostics, HS transcripts
Compression of English and Reading
Contextualized curriculum – learning communities, writing across
Curriculum at all levels customizable to student needs – hybrid
formats, modular labs
Cognitive and non- cognitive supports
Faculty Professional Development
◦ Multiple developmental sequences/paths/branches available
to students based on their career/major interest.
◦ Non-credit “soft landing” options for colleges to deliver
depending on student and staffing needs – could include
referral to ABE programs, boot camp, AAA Accuplacer
preparation, MFL, Aleks, MOOC’s, tutoring
◦ Each course in each developmental sequence should be
redesigned to only cover content necessary for the college
level course success.
◦ Co-requisite AAA requirement
◦ Multiple models for delivery
English and reading
• Develop a compression/co-requisite model that allows
students to enter 100 level classes no later than the second
• Mainstreaming - co-enrollment in 100 level course ex.
ENG090 with ENG 121
• Compression - two sections of developmental coursework in
• Integration and compression ex. ENG/REA 060
• Secondary writing assessment – WritePlacer or writing
sample scored with a standardized rubric
Faculty support and development
◦ Redefined full-time course load
◦ Fund a system of faculty and staff support to carry
out developmental education redesign.
◦ Expand advising to all students who test into
◦ Offer limited full time positions during the
implementation phase of this work to stabilize our
workforce to allow for program adoption to scale.
◦ An institutional administrator (IA) for Accuplacer is
needed at the system level for all colleges instead
of decentralized at each college.
◦ The CO Accuplacer scores should be validated every
3-5 years consistent with test recommendations
from the College Board.
◦ Following a revision of all developmental education
curriculum, develop a Colorado Accuplacer.
Following a revision of all developmental
education curriculum, develop a Colorado
Have Testing Center Directors/designated
experts meet to determine processes and
procedures that can be standardized
across colleges. To include but not limited
to: Retakes, Common non-cognitive
questions, and test cost.
Accuplacer scores need to be re-standardized to a norm
this should be done by a system IA. Knowing that
faculty/chairs can still allow students to override into
Calculators should be allowed on the Accuplacer to align
our pedagogical framework with the K-12 and four-year
Once the curriculum is developed for each area or
concurrently we need to work with College Board to change
the strands for our Accuplacer. This needs to be flexible
and allow for changes over a period of time so we can see
where students are successful and make amendments to
the test as appropriate.
Currently conducting regional meetings
Recommendations due to the State Board
of Community Colleges and Occupational
Education (SBCCOE) in February
Begin implementation planning
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