Basic Skills

Research on facilitating and accelerating student progress to college-level coursework including the Multiple Measures Assessment Project, the California Acceleration Project Evaluation, and Basic Skills as a Foundation for Success in the California Community Colleges (known as the “Poppy Copy”).


An effort of the CCC – Common Assessment Initiative (CCC-CAI) designed to develop, pilot, and assess implementation of a statewide placement tool using multiple measures; includes collaborations with the Educational Results Partnership and California community colleges. 


Evaluation of how redesigned basic skills English and math curricula impacts student completion in California community colleges.


Project enabling participating colleges to evaluate the utility of high school transcript data in predicting students' abilities to pass college-level English and/or math coursework.


A guide on basic skills instructional practices observed in California community colleges.


Evaluation support for a planning grant received by AIC, an initiative working to introduce accelerated curriculum and pedagogy into a broad cross-section of disciplines and programs.

2007, 2010

Literature review on effective practices for basic skills programs, popularly known as "the Poppy Copy," published nationally in 2010 as Student Success in Community Colleges: A Practical Guide to Developmental Education.


Two-part study recommending measures for basic skills improvement and assessing the capacity of California community colleges to engage in evidence-based decision making.