Optimizing Student Learning with the Diagnostic Assessment and Achievement of College Skills


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New York, NY

The purpose of this study was to examine the effects and predictive power of the Diagnostic Assessment and Achievement of College Skills (DAACS) on student success. DAACS is a no-stakes, open-source, diagnostic assessment tool designed to measure newly enrolled college students’ reading, writing, mathematics, and self-regulated learning (SRL) skills, and provide them with feedback and resources to enhance their functioning and success. A randomized control trial was performed at two online colleges (n = 23,728) to measure the effects of DAACS on academic achievement and credit acquisition. Predictive power of DAACS on student success was also examined.

This talk will describe: (1) what DAACS is, including its components along with validity and reliability evidence; (2) the effects on academic achievement and credit acquisition; and (3) predictive power on student success. The implications for higher education in context of traditional placement and remediation programs will be discussed. The importance of using DAACS as a suite of assessments and supports, and not as isolated components, will be emphasized.