Assessment

What is Assessment of Student Learning?
Assessment is a continuous process that focuses on the student for the purpose of understanding and improving student learning. It begins with an assessment of entry level skills and ends with successful employment or transfer to another institution of higher education.

A good assessment plan begins with educational values that support the mission of NDSCS and illustrate what we want our students to learn in clear, explicitly stated purposes. Assessment occurs on multiple levels, course, program, and institutional and involves everyone on campus in an integrated and multi-dimensional approach that supports student learning and development. It involves systematically gathering, analyzing and interpreting evidence to determine how well performance matches our expectations and standards. That information is used to document, explain, and improve performance through changes in pedagogy, curriculum student services, academic advising, instructional services, etc. Assessment information is integrated into planning and budgeting processes in a continuous cycle of improvement. Through assessment, NDSCS meets its responsibilities of providing transparent information to students and the public it serves.

Entry Level Assessment
Students must present ACT scores if under the age of 25 (NDUS Board Policy) in order to be placed in college level courses. Students over the age of 25 who have not completed general education requirements will take the COMPASS test in reading, writing, and mathematics for appropriate course placement. 

How are ACCUPLACER scores used?
ACCUPLACER is used for program admission requirements and placement into college-level English and math courses. ACCUPLACER scores indicate areas in which students are strong and areas in which they may need more help in. NDSCS will use the results from ACCUPLACER test(s) to prepare a course of study that will be appropriate, relevant and meaningful for students.

Can I prepare for the ACCUPLACER Test?
Yes, you can become familiar with the format of the test to better understand what the test will look like before testing.  Testers are encouraged to review the ACCUPLACER test resources:

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