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Missouri Community College Readiness Standards

Missouri community colleges have worked together to develop a common standard for college readiness. All Missouri community college students will be required to demonstrate college readiness for placement into college level coursework (typically coursework numbered 100 level or above) as defined in the chart below using ACT scores as noted.  Concordant scores in other placement tests, as indicated below, may also be used for students who do not present an ACT score.

Point considered when determining the scores included:

  • The adopted college readiness standard must be based on research and best practice.
  • The standard must align with other placement testing tools.
  • Consideration should be given to the approach other states took in adopting a statewide standard.

 

In its review of ACT based college readiness materials and publications, and in consultation with ACT staff and researchers, community colleges believe these common core standards will promote student success, provide access to college and support student learning.

These changes will begin in the Fall of 2011. The new testing scores are as follows:

 

ACT

COMPASS

ASSET

SAT

Writing

18

70

41

Critical Reading   450

Reading

18

81

41

Critical Reading   460

Mathematics

23

Interm Test 66

23

Math                460

 

  • Scores below these standards will result in development coursework.
  • Students with ACT scores below the standardized scores will be required to take placement testing through NCMC and placement will be based on the best or highest result of all test options.
  • Test scores will be valid for two years from test date.
  • Dual credit students will be required to follow the same standards. 

 

This process will be reviewed at the end of each year to evaluate movement and student success rates in the courses impacted.

For questions regarding these changes please contact Macey Tipton, Advisor/Testing Coordinator at 660.359.3948 ext 1407.