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ERIC Number: ED015947
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1960
Pages: 22
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Reference Count: 0
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AN ANALYSIS OF THE COOPERATIVE ENGLISH TEST AS A PREDICTOR OF SUCCESS IN ENGLISH 1A AND ENGLISH 1A71 AT STOCKTON COLLEGE.
BARBER, MAX; BEIGHLEY, K.C.
TO DETERMINE HOW EFFECTIVELY THE COOPERATIVE ENGLISH TEST PREDICTS STUDENT SUCCESS IN FRESHMAN ENGLISH AT STOCKTON COLLEGE, THIS STUDY WAS CONDUCTED (1) TO OBTAIN STATISTICAL COMPARISONS BETWEEN FINAL SEMESTER GRADES OF A SAMPLE OF THE COLLEGE TRANSFER POPULATION WITH THE WHOLE TEST AND EACH OF ITS PARTS, (2) TO ANALYZE BY PERCENTAGES THE PROPORTION OF STUDENTS WHO EARNED VARIOUS GRADES, ACCORDING TO THEIR RELATIVE PLACEMENT ON THE TEST AND ITS PARTS, (3) TO ANALYZE THE REASONS FOR FAILURE, AND (4) TO DETERMINE THE PROPORTION AND AMOUNT OF SUCCESS OF THOSE WHO WERE GIVEN SPECIAL PERMISSION TO TAKE THE COLLEGE TRANSFER COURSE WITH A SCORE LESS THAN THE NORMALLY REQUIRED 150. DISTRIBUTIONS COMPARING TEST SCORES AND FINAL GRADES ARE PRESENTED GRAPHICALLY. ANALYSES OF PREDICTIVE QUALITIES BY MEANS OF THE PEARSON PRODUCT-MOMENT COEFFICIENT OF CORRELATION AS WELL AS CHI SQUARE AND PHI COEFFICIENT TESTS SUGGEST THAT THE CLOSEST RELATIONSHIP IS BETWEEN THE STUDENT'S FINAL GRADES AND THE MECHANICS PART OF THE TEST. THE VOCABULARY, EFFECTIVENESS, AND SPEED SECTIONS OF THE TEST AS WELL AS THE FINAL GRADES OF STUDENTS WHO TOOK THE COURSE WITH SPECIAL PERMISSION SEEM TO INDICATE NO APPARENT RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN TEST SCORES AND FINAL SEMESTER GRADES. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FROM QUESTIONNAIRES REVEALS THAT TEACHERS CONSIDER EXCESSIVE, UNEXCUSED ABSENCES AS THE MAJOR CAUSE OF STUDENT FAILURE. THEREFORE, THE AUTHORS QUESTION THE ADVISABILITY OF USING OTHER THAN THE MECHANICS PART OF THE TEST FOR PLACEMENT IN THE FRESHMAN ENGLISH COURSE. (AUTHOR/BN)
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Identifiers: San Joaquin Delta College CA; STOCKTON COLLEGE