Commitment to Reliable English as a Second Language (ESL) Success Data via the Scorecard

Fall
2017
Resolution Number: 
07.11
Contact: 
Assigned to : 
Category: 
Consultation with the Chancellor's Office
Status: 
Assigned

Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges passed Resolution 9.04 S14, Consistency in Data Mart English as a Second Language Basic Skills Progress Tracker, to call attention to the need to correct errors in Data Mart that result in inaccurate reporting of progress for credit ESL in the Student Success Scorecard;

Whereas, A preliminary analysis of the data for several ESL departments as reported by the Student Success Scorecard has revealed the continued presence of several errors, including, but not limited to, wrong courses being tracked, courses missing, and incorrect coding of courses, all of which result in an inaccurate picture of success for credit ESL departments per the Scorecard;

Whereas, Colleges may be unaware of the potential for inaccuracy when using such data as mandated for statewide initiatives, and thus unaware of the impact that using such data can cause; and

Whereas, ESL departments at colleges across the state report impact on college program development, program viability, and course offerings as a result of the continued reliance on potentially inaccurate ESL data;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges work with the California Community Colleges Chief Instructional Officers, local institutional research offices, and ESL faculty to inform colleges of any errors in Scorecard reporting for the ESL percentages; and

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges work with the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office for California Community Colleges to delay release of the Scorecard percentages for the ESL data until accurate percentages can be reported.

MSC