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California Community Colleges Common Assessment InitiativeThe California Community Colleges (CCC) Common Assessment Initiative (CAI) is holding regional professional development meetings this spring to give faculty and staff an opportunity to learn how to implement CCCAssess at their campus.

Upcoming meetings in April and May will be held in Northern and Central California, respectively. Regional meetings are held throughout the state of California to maximize opportunities for college teams to attend. During 2016, the CAI hosted 10 regional professional development sessions, ranging from the San Francisco Bay Area, to Fresno and San Diego.

CCCAssess is the common assessment test for math, English and English as a Second Language (ESL) being developed to make student assessments portable, and help improve local placement. Together with the CCC Chancellor’s Office, the CAI is working toward a Fall 2017 pilot of CCCAssess.

At regional professional development meetings, participants learn how to form an implementation team and take the first steps for a smooth transition. Information provided at the meetings is applicable to faculty from English, ESL, math, reading and counseling, as well as researchers, assessment center staff and coordinators, IT personnel and administrators, so the CAI encourages colleges to send teams comprised of individuals from these areas.

Upcoming Opportunities

Two regional professional development meetings are coming up this spring:

  • April 7: Butte College, Oroville, Calif., 10 a.m. — 3:30 p.m.
  • May 5: Fresno City College, Fresno, Calif., 10 a.m. — 3:30 p.m.

For more information about upcoming sessions, or to request professional development training in your area, visit the CAI Professional Development page of the CAI website,

What To Expect

Each regional professional development meeting provides a general overview of the common assessment, and updated information on implementation, platform, multiple measures and competency mapping. Subject matter experts are on hand to present the information and address audience questions.

  • Hear a project overview and status update, and participate in break-outs on competency mapping and multiple measures

  • Be confident that you’ll have local control of math, reading, writing and ESL placement

  • Meet CAI team members and representatives from other colleges

  • Get answers to questions about what CCCAssess means for your campus

Jennifer Coleman is Statewide Program Director of
the California Community Colleges Common Assessment Initiative