ERIC Number: ED214599
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Assessment of Mandatory Placement in Communications: Fall 1981.
Bers, Trudy H.
As part of a one-year trial project, in fall 1981, Oakton College students who scored below 35 on the Educational Testing Service Test of Written Expression were not permitted to enroll in C101 (an introductory communications course) until they had successfully completed a developmental communications course or had retaken and passed the exam. To assess this mandatory placement policy, all sections of fall 1980 and fall 1981 C101 courses were compared with respect to grade distribution and course completion rates. Individual student scores on the Test of Written Expression (TWE) and the Nelson-Denny Reading Tests (NDRT) were correlated with measures of academic performance, such as grades in communications courses and grade point average (GPA). The study revealed that: (1) under mandatory placement, a higher percentage of enrollees in C101 successfully completed the course than under advisory placement procedures used the year before; (2) TWE scores were not significantly correlated to student course grades or overall GPA, while NDRT scores were strongly correlated to course grades; (3) NDRT total scores (which combined vocabulary and reading comprehension scores) were strongly related to students' GPA's for courses other than communications courses; and (4) grades in C101 were not related to grades in other courses. Based on the findings, recommendations to use the NDRT for placement and to track subsequent performance in developmental courses were made. (KL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Oakton Community Coll., Des Plaines, IL. Office of Institutional Research.
Identifiers: Nelson Denny Reading Tests; Test of Written Expression