ERIC Number: ED254265
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-May-24
Reference Count: 0
Evaluation of the Solano College Writing Skills Laboratory.
Wilson, Meredith A.
In order to evaluate the effectiveness of the individualized writing laboratory program at Solano Community College, comparisons were made in fall 1983 among students enrolled in the Writing Skills Laboratory (WSL), students enrolled in English Fundamentals (EF), and students concurrently enrolled in both WSL and EF (WSL+EF). Within each of the three categories, students were further grouped according to their scores on reading and written English expression tests. Comparisons were based on writing assignments completed at the beginning and end of the term and retention rates. Study findings included the following: (1) EF classes had an overall retention rate of 72%; the WSL had an overall retention rate of 71%; and the retention rate for students concurrently enrolled in WSL+EF was 98%; (2) 58% of the WSL students and 61% of the WSL+EF group were in the highest risk categories based on their test scores; (3) of the WSL+EF students who persisted, 73% received credit in the WSL and 55% received a grade of C or better in EF; while 53% of those who enrolled in EF only received a grade of C or better; (4) on writing samples, WSL and WSL+EF students produced the highest rate of improvement in writing skills; and (5) students' scores on the reading test were found to be good indicators of success or failure in composition classes when considered in conjunction with scores on the writing test. The study report includes conclusions and recommendations; information on the holistic criteria used in rating student writing samples; and samples of student papers corresponding to each grading level. (LAL)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California Community Coll. Fund for Instructional Improvement.
Authoring Institution: Solano Community Coll., Suisun City, CA.
Identifiers: Writing Laboratories