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A solicitation for proposals from test developers and vendors has begun for a Common Assessment System (CCCAssess), the main component of the California Community Colleges (CCC) Common Assessment Initiative (CAI).


The Request for Proposals (RFP) can be viewed as a PDF on the CAI project website at Proposals can be submitted to the CCC Technology Center until 2 p.m. on Jan. 8, 2015. Please use this link to submit a proposal via RFP365, the required RFP submission and management software.

The common assessment system will use centralized and integrated technology solutions that include tests in Reading and English, English as a Second Language, and Mathematics. The system will also utilize multiple measures for making local placement decisions. California’s community colleges face the challenge of accurately assessing and placing the growing numbers of students seeking entrance to the system. CCCAssess will offer students test preparation tools, result in reduced test taking, provide more diagnostic guidance for course placement and enable students to apply the results of a single placement test at multiple community colleges if they choose. Twelve colleges will pilot CCCAssess starting in Fall 2015.

Through the RFP, the CAI aims to secure a five-year contract that provides a purchasing and pricing framework for the CCC Technology Center to license the CCCAssess software and services.

For further information on the RFP process and the Common Assessment Initiative, visit the project website at

Jennifer Coleman, EdD, is the Statewide Program Director for the
California Community Colleges Common Assessment Initiative.