ERIC Number: ED225627
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jan
Reference Count: 0
The Nelson-Denny Reading Test as a Predictor of Academic Success in Selected Classes in a Specific Community College.
A review of the literature indicates that the Nelson-Denny Reading Test (NDRT) may be a viable instrument for screening students and predicting their academic success in particular circumstances. In 1981, a study was conducted at Schoolcraft College to determine the extent of the relationship between the reading abilities of entering students and their grades in specific classes. Approximately 1,200 newly-admitted freshmen students were admitted in the summer of 1981 and were administered the NDRT as part of an established orientation program. Those students who took the reading test, actually registered, and received final grades in selected introductory courses were selected for the study. A correlation scattergram showing reading scores and class grades in Basic Biology, General Biology, Introduction to Business, Basic English, English Composition and Survey of American Government indicated a small positive linear relationship between reading score and class grade. The correlation of reading abilities with the business, English, and political science course grades was statistically significant at the .01 level using the Pearson product correlation, while neither biology course showed strong relationships between reading level and course grade. While the study suggests the possibility of using the NDRT score as a predictive instrument, it should not be the sole criterion for determining likely student success. (AYC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Schoolcraft Coll., Livonia, MI.
Identifiers: Nelson Denny Reading Tests