ERIC Number: ED174646
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Nov-17
Reference Count: 0
Report to the Board of Higher Education on the Results of the New Jersey College Basic Skills Placement Testing, May 1, 1978--September 28, 1978.
Boone, Janice; And Others
The New Jersey College Basic Skills Placement Test was administered to 42,984 freshmen entering New Jersey colleges and universities and four independent colleges in the fall of 1978 in order to assess students' specific strengths and weaknesses in reading, writing, and mathematics for placement in appropriate first-year courses. Based on test results, the following conclusions were reached: (1) a substantial proportion of entering freshmen were not adequately prepared in the basic subjects to succeed in college-level work; (2) the problem of basic skills deficiencies was present at all two-year and four-year colleges; and (3) of the students tested, the majority had studied high school English and mathematics for at least three years. Although some colleges did not test all entering freshmen, especially part-time students, the authors believe that if more students had been tested, the proportion showing a need for remediation would have been even higher. (Test score results are appended). (MH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Jersey State Dept. of Higher Education, Trenton.
Identifiers: New Jersey; New Jersey College Basic Skills Placement Test
Note: Research prepared by the Basic Skills Council