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ERIC Number: ED181979
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Los Angeles City College Performance on the Fall 1979 Guidance Examination. Research Study #80-2.
Gold, Ben K.
Test results of 1,902 Los Angeles City College students taking the Guidance Examination's Survey of Reading Achievement (SRA) in Fall 1979 were analyzed and compared, where applicable, with SRA scores for 1976, 1977, and 1978. Variables analyzed were raw score, grade level equivalent, English course recommendation, sex, and last high school and college attended. Findings included: (1) the mean raw score was the lowest in the four years that the SRA was used; (2) average grade level equivalencies dropped from 9.8 in 1976 to 9.4 in 1979; (3) 25% of those taking the test had reading scores at the eleventh grade level or higher and received recommendations to take English I; this figure was 28% in 1978, 26% in 1977, and 35% in 1976; (4) 47% read below the ninth grade level and 20% below the seventh grade level; (5) males continued to achieve higher averages than females; (6) the 62% of the students without previous college experience averaged a reading grade level of 9.1; (7) the performance average of the less than 50% of the students that attended a Los Angeles high school was slightly above the overall average; and (8) 21% of the students had last attended school in a foreign country--50% in the Far East and 25% in Latin America; their mean grade level dropped from 9.3 in 1976 to 8.0 in 1979. Data tables accompany the report. (JP)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Los Angeles City Coll., CA.