ERIC Number: ED038246
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Dec
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Open Enrollment: Challenge to the College Reading/Skills Program.
The procedure for determining, by computer-programing, English sections according to test results at El Camino College, California, is described. El Camino College is a large community college in the Los Angeles area, admission to which is based solely on a high school diploma and residence in the district. As a result of entrance test scores on the Purdue Placement Test for English, the candidates above the fifty-sixth percentile are placed in regular freshmen reading and composition classes, and those above the seventy-eighth percentile are placed in advanced sections. Students between the seventeenth and the fifty-sixth percentiles receive instruction in English A, the remedial section. Of primary focus in this program is the group below the sixteenth percentile. A 4-hour, 18-week laboratory course is provided which prepares 85 percent of these students for placement in English A. As a result of this program, students scoring in the lowest 16 percentiles who formerly had a 45 percent probability of failure in English A now have a failure probability of 21 percent. After successful completion of the laboratory course, 30 percent of the low scorers are able to circumvent English A and transfer to the regular class. Tables and references are included. (CM)
Descriptors: Academically Handicapped, College Entrance Examinations, College Students, Community Colleges, Computer Assisted Instruction, English Curriculum, English Education, Language Handicaps, Reading Instruction, Remedial Programs, Remedial Reading, Student Placement
Nineteenth National Reading Conference Yearbook.
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Note: Paper presented at the National Reading Conference, Atlanta, Ga., Dec. 4-6, 1969