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About the Common Assessment InitiativeWorking closely with faculty and staff from colleges throughout the state, the Common Assessment Initiative (CAI) is developing a new assessment for ESL, math and English.

Grant Background

Under the guidance of the Common Assessment Initiative (CAI) steering committee and work groups, the CCCAssess platform is currently in a review phase. Please view the Timeline page for updates on rollout dates. Learn more about the Grant Background.

Student Success

The Common Assessment data will be used for placing and advising community college students to enhance their success with and completion of their postsecondary education objectives. CCCAssess is one tool that will be used by California Community Colleges to enhance access and success by providing effective core matriculation services of orientation, assessment and placement, counseling and education planning, and academic interventions. Learn more

Introductory Presentation

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The CAI project team collaborated with the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office (CCCCO) on the governance structure, including formation of a steering committee and work groups. These take into account all appropriate stakeholder groups. Learn more

Work Groups

There are seven Work Groups representing the diversity of the California Community Colleges and guiding the implementation of the new Common Assessment.

  • English
  • ESL
  • Math
  • Multiple Measures
  • Professional Development
  • Platform Development
  • Test Development Process

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The Common Assessment Initiative (CAI) is developing a comprehensive, common assessment system (CCCAssess) that will:

  • Contribute to student success
  • Reduce unnecessary remediation
  • Align to state legislation
  • Provide statewide efficiencies for the academic placement process within and between California colleges

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The Common Assessment Initiative project plan includes governance, test development and content, pilot colleges, platform development, release and implementation. Learn more


CAI is being developed by a coalition led by the California Community Colleges Technology Center in the Butte-Glenn Community College District, in partnership with

  • San Joaquin Delta College and the California Partnership for Achieving Student Success (Cal-PASS Plus)
  • Saddleback Community College, and
  • The Statewide Academic Senate for California Community Colleges.

Working together, they will leverage and collaborate with existing statewide technology services and projects to develop a comprehensive common assessment system. Learn more