ERIC Number: ED232716
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Dec-17
Reference Count: 0
Report to the Board of Higher Education on Results of the New Jersey College Basic Skills Placement Testing and Recommendations on Instruction and Curriculum, May 20, 1982 - September 23, 1982.
Morante, Edward A.; And Others
The New Jersey College Basic Skills Placement Test (NJCBSPT) was instituted in 1978 as a proficiency examination designed to measure the reading, writing, and mathematics skills of students entering college. In spring and summer 1982, 51,135 students at New Jersey's state and county colleges and at 10 independent colleges took the NJCBSPT. Of these students, 27% appeared to be proficient in verbal skills, 32% in computation skills, and 11% in elementary algebra. Among the group of 31,964 students who graduated from high school in spring 1982, similarly small percentages of students demonstrated basic skills proficiency. Further, there has been no meaningful change in the proficiency level of entering students in the 5 years that the testing program has been in place. Detailed analysis of the mathematics results indicates that very few students have a minimal understanding of basic mathematics. Among the group of 6,898 recent high school graduates who had completed a traditional college preparatory program, fewer than 4% appeared to be proficient in elementary algebra. Based upon an analysis of the results of the NJCBSPT for the past 5 years, the New Jersey Basic Skills council made a number of recommendations, including that the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills be the underlying goal of education, and that increased emphasis be placed on reading and writing. Appendices include a description of the NJCBSPT, sample mean scores, sample test items and essays, and student data. (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New Jersey State Board of Higher Education, Trenton.
Authoring Institution: New Jersey Basic Skills Council, Trenton.
Identifiers: New Jersey; New Jersey College Basic Skills Placement Test