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Toward Informative Assessment and a Culture of Evidence


"Strengthening Pre-collegiate Education in Community Colleges (SPECC) was a three year multi-site action research project directed by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Undertaken with The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation as funding partner, the program focused on teaching and learning in basic skills mathematics and English at 11 California community colleges. This report discusses the myriad ways in which the participating colleges have used both traditional measures of student performance, such as class grades and course completion, as well as more innovative forms of assessment and data collection to improve pedagogical practice and to enhance student learning. "