College-placement tests can make or break a student's career. Yet few students prepare for them, and there's little evidence to suggest the tests even do what they're designed to do.
Now, some community colleges are looking for alternatives. Some are switching to high school grades or revamping assessments, while others are working with high schools to figure out students' college readiness early so they have time to catch up if necessary. (Caralee J. Adams at Education Week)