Basic Skills Assessment

BP 9-41

APPROVED: January 2, 1990
REVISED: November 13, 1990
RETITLED: September 14, 2000
REVISED: July 1, 2001
READOPTED: August 25, 2001
REVISED: January 1, 2004
REVISED: September 15, 2004
REVISED: May 13, 2015

REFERENCES: C.R.S. 23-1-113.3, CCHE Statewide Remedial Education Policy, CCHE; Statewide Remedial Education Policy, Section I, Part E


/Richard E. Martinez Jr./
Richard E. Martinez Jr., Chair

Policy Statement

First-time undergraduate students who wish to enroll in credit-bearing math and English courses or any gt Pathways courses with math, English, or reading prerequisites must bring to the Community College documentation of American College Testing (ACT), Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), Accuplacer, Computer Adaptive Placement Assessment and Support System (COMPASS), Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), or Summative Multi-State Resources for Teachers and Educational Researchers (Smarter Balanced) scores. If the student does not have scores from any of these assessments, or if the scores are not at the Colorado Commission of Higher Education (CCHE) identified level for college readiness, then the College will assess the student using the Community College Placement Test (CCPT) assessment instrument. Each enrolled first-time undergraduate student at each of the Colorado Community College System (CCCS or System) Community Colleges who wish to enroll in credit bearing math and English courses or any gt Pathways courses with math, English, or reading prerequisites shall be:

  1. Assessed in mathematics, writing, and/or reading;
  2. Advised to enroll in remedial skills classes during the first semester following a placement test, when assessment scores indicate inadequate college preparation in any or all of these areas;
  3. Advised of his/her responsibility to complete remedial course work within the first 30 semester hours; and
  4. Provided with written notification identifying which state institutions offer such basic skills courses, including any electronic online courses.


This policy applies to the Community Colleges within CCCS for students enrolling beginning fiscal year 2015.


The System President shall promulgate such procedures as may be needed to implement the policy.