ERIC Number: ED228319
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Development of a Literate Skills Testing Program for Older Adult Re-entry Undergraduate Students.
Suddick, David E.; Vaccaro, John B.
In 1981, the Faculty Senate, at an upper division midwestern university, initiated the consideration of a literate skills testing program to address variance in academic level of the entering undergraduate student. The policy stipulated that all undergraduate students admitted to a degree program must demonstrate competency in writing and computation before they are permitted to register for more than a cumulative total of 20 credit hours. A program using available national examinations to validate the literate skills of entering business students was modified to include the entire undergraduate population. Students not meeting the minimum competencies in the first trimester of enrollment are required to pass equivalent courses. Two areas are tested: writing and mathematics. The Test of Standard Written English (TSWE) is used, with the national median of the TSWE serving as the competency criterion. Elementary Algebra and Intermediate Algebra of the Descriptive Test of Mathematics Skills (DTMS) are also used. In addition to the TSWE and DTMS, students not meeting the university standards may undergo additional psychometric evaluations on a voluntary basis using the Arithmetic Skills Tests of the DTMS and Reading Comprehension, Usage and Sentence Structure Tests of the Descriptive Tests of Language Skills. (Author/PN)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Descriptive Tests of Mathematics Skills; Test of Standard Written English
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (67th, Montreal, Quebec, April 11-15, 1983).