Low-Stakes Mathematics Placement and Preparation Using EdReady

Jacksonville State University

David Thornton, Associate Professor of Computer Science, Jan Case, Distinguished Professor of Mathematics, and Courtney Peppers, Director of Learning Services authored an article detailing Jacksonville State University's transition to low-stakes placement for the Journal of National Testing Association.

From the article:

Students at the public four-year institution Jacksonville State University were underprepared for college math and were stalled by a repetitive cycle of failure with remedial math courses and discontinuity from being sent back to the beginning the following semester without regard for academic progress. By replacing the classic high-stakes testing and traditional course structure with a simple, well-mapped placement and study path model, JSU students are moving on to their credit-bearing math courses in less time, at lower cost, and with significantly higher success rates in their subsequent math courses.

Key Takeaways

  • Because students could improve their readiness and placement using EdReady, the number of students taking developmental courses declined by over 70%, saving most students substantial time and money.
  • EdReady had a particularly big effect on student success in STEM courses, reducing the failure and withdrawal rates to be equal to the rates normally seen in non-STEM courses.
  • Students who used EdReady passed their college-level math courses (STEM and non-STEM) at significantly higher rates and with higher grades overall.
Institution Type / AUDIENCE:
Adult Education
Postsecondary
Use Case:
College Math Readiness
Placement Alternative / Low-Stakes Placement
Low-Stakes Mathematics Placement and Preparation Using EdReady
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