The following publications are provided as a way of exploring best practices related to the various areas of pre college study. For comments and reflections related to the posted materials, please use the discussion board on this site.


Integrated Content and Language Instruction

Principles of Instructed Second Langauge Aquisition

Pathways and Outcomes: Tracking ESL Student Performance
Steven Spurling, Sharron Seymour, Forrest Chrisman

Pre College

Remediation, Higher Education's Bridge to Nowhere
Remediation is a broken system. There's a better way -start many more students in college courses with just in time support.
Complete College America

Developmental Education: What Policies and Practices Work for Students?

National Center for Postsecondary Research Collection of invited papers and presentations from a 2010 national conference of researchers and practitioners focused on developmental education

Building Pathways to Success for Low-Skill Adult Students
Building Pathways to Success for Low-Skill Adult Students: Lessons for Community College Policy and Practice from a Statewide Longitudinal Tracking Study, by David Prince and Davis Jenkins, April 2005

__The Quandaries of Basic Skills in Community Colleges__**:**
Views from the Classroom, Norton Grubb, U.C. Berkeley
Keep in mind that the phrase "basic skills" includes all pre-college work, in this paper.

A Model for Accelerating Academic Success of Communityi College Remedial English Students: Is the Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) Effective and Affordable?
Davis Jenkins, Cecelia Speroni, Clive Belfield, Shanna Smith Jaggars, Nikki Edgecombe

Challenge and Opportunity: Rethinking the Role and Function of Developmental Education in Community College
Thomas Baily

Better Together: Maria Flynn, Jobs for the Future
State policies that help or hinder community colleges in aligning adult education and academic remediation programs to better serve working adults with basic skills deficiencies.

A Different Way to Think about Developmental Education: Toward Informative Assessment and a Culture of Evidence
Lloyd Bond

Promimsing Instructional Reforms in Developmental Education: A Case Study of Three Achieving the Dream Colleges
Elizabeth M. Zachry


Principles and Practices of Student Success

Selection of conclusions and recommendations based on work with colleges involved in the Achieving the Dream initiative

Strengthening Precollegiate Education in Community Colleges
Carnegie Foundation & Hewlett Foundation:
Series of summary reports and recommendations from a multi-site action-research project focused on teaching and learning in pre-collegiate mathematics and English language arts courses at 11 California community colleges

Aligned Expectations? A Closer Look at College Admissions and Placement Tests
Achieve, Inc.
Detailed comparative analysis of a sampling of key national and state admissions and placement tests, including Accuplacer, Compass, and Washington’s own Math Placement Test

It’s Not About the Cut Score
Michael Collins, Jobs for the Future: Policy brief addressing a broad spectrum of issues and recommendations related to placement assessment policies, including in-depth case studies of work in 3 states around these policies (Virginia, Connecticut, and North Carolina)


Access without Support is not Opportunity: Cathy Engstrom and Vincint Tinto

Classrooms as Communities: Vincint Tinto

A Portrait of Low-Income Young Adults in Education

Promoting Gatekeeper Course Success Among Community College Students Needing Remediation
Davis Jenkins, Shanna Smith Jaggars, Josipa Roksa