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A guide to developing and evaluating a college readiness screener


This guide describes core ideas for colleges to consider when developing a screening tool for estimating college readiness. A key focal point within the guide is a discussion of ways to improve how well a screening tool can identify individuals needing remedial or developmental education along with key considerations that a user or developer of such a tool must address. Specifically, the following steps are discussed:

  1. Creating an operational definition of success and college readiness
  2. Selecting potential predictors of college readiness
  3. Prioritizing types of classification error
  4. Collecting and organizing the necessary data
  5. Developing predictive models
  6. Evaluating the screening results and selecting the final model

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September 2016