TBR to use multiple measures for learning support placement

In response to COVID-19, the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) is piloting the use of multiple measures for learning support placement for summer and fall 2020 semesters.  This means that a student’s placement in college level courses will be based on the “best score” across multiple measures.  These measures include ACT/SAT score, Accuplacer score, SAILS completion or High School GPA (see chart below). Those students with a GPA between 2.80-3.59 will be monitored to provide additional support services should they need them during the semester. 

Southwest has developed a Task Force chaired by Dr. Sherria King, Chair of Social and Behavioral Sciences.  Members include representatives from both Student and Academic Affairs. This Task Force will work to develop a plan to ensure interventions are developed and in place to support both student and faculty success in the classroom. 

For more information about Southwest’s use of multiple measures for learning support placement, please contact Sindy Abadie at csabadie@southest.tn.edu.

MULTIPLE MEASURES AND CUT SCORES FOR SOUTHWEST

Subject Area ACT SAT ACCUPLACER SAILS HIGH SCHOOL GPA HIGH SCHOOL GPA*
(special placement authorization/permit)
Writing 18 490 250 Completing SAILS competencies 3.60 or higher 2.80 – 3.59
Reading 19 500 250 Completing SAILS competencies 3.60 or higher 2.80 – 3.59
Math 19 500 250 Completing SAILS competencies 3.60 or higher 2.80 – 3.59

*High School GPA (2.80-3.59):  For students who have a HS GPA of 2.80-3.59, exceptions may be made in placing students into college-level courses.


Scoop - May/June 2020