ERIC Number: ED214945
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Validation of the New Jersey College Basic Skills Placement Test.
Hecht, Lawrence W.
This report presents the major available evidence to date on the validity of the New Jersey College Basic Skills Placement Test (NJCBSPT). The findings are as follows: (1) results of two content-validity questionnaires show New Jersey college instructors to be in general agreement that the test content is appropriate and important to assess; (2) test scores from the NJCBSPT are highly correlated with scores from the Comparative Guidance and Placement (CGP) tests; (3) the Sentence Structure and Essay tests correlate slightly more highly with the Test of Standard Written English (TSWE) than with the Scholastic Aptitude Test-Verbal; (4) groups of students with different educational backgrounds show large differences in average NJCBSPT scores; (5) the percentage of students whom instructors thought were placed correctly ranged from 68 percent to 98 percent; (6) the percentage of students who thought they were placed correctly ranged from 60 percent to 98 percent; (7) median predictive validity coefficients were found to be similar to those obtained for other test batteries such as the CGP tests; and (8) median concurrent validity coefficients were found to be as follows: reading comprehension, .27; sentence structure, .33; logical relationships, .36; computation, .48; elementary algebra, .57. (Author/GK)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New Jersey State Dept. of Higher Education, Trenton.
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.
Identifiers: New Jersey; New Jersey College Basic Skills Placement Test