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CAI Implementation Team at Chaffey College, Row 1,  left to right: Valeen Gonzalez, Amy Nevarez, Amy Beadle (CAI), John Hadad (CAI) Deidrey Feeney; Row 2,  left to right: Damien Esquibel, Yubel Svennsson, Kris Konecny, Jim FillpotAn official schedule for colleges to implement CCCAssess, the statewide assessment designed for the California Community Colleges (CCC), was announced by the CCC Chancellor’s Office on behalf of the Common Assessment Initiative (CAI).

Students at 45 colleges will start using CCCAssess beginning in the 2016 Fall Semester for placement in English, math and ESL courses in Spring 2017. Colleges across the community college system will continue adopting the new assessment through Fall 2017 for placement in Spring 2018.

The rollout schedule can be viewed at the CCCAssess website:

Requesting A Different Adoption Date

The first group of colleges that will begin using CCCAssess this fall includes pilot colleges, their sister colleges, COMPASS users whose assessment program will sunset in November 2016, and colleges that requested early adoption. Requests by colleges for certain adoption semesters have been accommodated in most cases. If your campus wishes to request an alternative schedule, every effort will be made to accommodate the request, within the capacity of the system.

The goal is to spread out the adoption so that CAI support resources are available to campuses during implementation. For more information, contact Jennifer Coleman, CAI Statewide Program Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 530-879-4165.

What If Assigned Adoption Date Is Missed?

Title 5, Section 55518, requires Student Success and Support Program (SSSP) funding to be contingent on the colleges’ use of CCCAssess, if an assessment test is used for placement. It is important for colleges to prepare for implementation of these assessment instruments or they risk losing their SSSP funding.

The approval process for assessment instruments used by the colleges has been temporarily suspended, allowing colleges to transition to the new CCCAssess, as well as to accommodate the sunset of COMPASS. The suspension does not relieve colleges of the responsibility of validating all assessment instruments, including multiple measures, in accordance with Title 5, Section 55522, as well as addressing any bias and disproportionate impact on particular groups of students.

To assist colleges in meeting their deadlines, CAI is offering regional professional development workshops. Colleges are encouraged to start now establishing their own college implementation teams to take advantage of professional development and sign up for the listserv and newsletter to be notified of ongoing support and developments on the CCCAssess website.

Preparing For CCCAssess

Get started by forming a team to guide the implementation of CCCAssess at your campus. Members should include instructional faculty, counseling, IT, research, administration and the assessment center. CAI provides sample meeting agendas to get your team on the right track to meet your scheduled adoption date. The CAI Implementation Guide also provides an overview of tasks for the implementation team.

CCCAssess Implementation, Step 1: Form a Team

The next steps are to analyze existing resources and your current process for assessment. Your administrative team can apply for a CAI grant to help fill any gaps that are identified as well as staff resources required to smoothly implement CCCAssess. Faculty will compare competencies to course outlines to develop a local placement model. Research staff will then validate the model.

CCCAssess Implementation, Step 2: Analyze Current Resources

CCCAssess Implementation, Step 3: Apply for Funding

To prepare for the transition, your team will work with the assessment center to set goals, communicate with students, offer accommodation and plan the launch. The CAI staff will be available to help your team during implementation.

Training, Resources Available Through CAI

Throughout the planning process, you’ll want to take advantage of training and other resource materials that are available through the CAI website. The next training session is scheduled for May 12 in San Diego. Sign up here. The CAI will also be making presentations at upcoming conferences:

May 1-4
CACCRAO Annual Conference

May 12
CAI Professional Development
San Diego

May 13
CCCAA Spring 2016 South Region Conference

June 16-17
Online Teaching Conference
San Diego

For questions regarding CCCAssess, please contact Jennifer Coleman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 530-879-4165. Assessment questions should be directed to Chris Graillat, with the CCC Chancellor’s Office, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 916-322-7988.

Karen Fraser-Middleton is a marketing consultant for the
California Community Colleges Common Assessment Initiative