ERIC Number: ED257605
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Academic Achievement, Reading, and Writing: Hispanics, Males, and Females.
Rivera, Manuel G.
During the summer of 1983, 77 community college students enrolled in English composition courses were administered the Nelson Denny Test during the first week of the summer session and just prior to final examinations to: determine reading ability and grade equivalences in reading; ascertain if there were relationships between academic achievement and/or reading ability; determine if males, females, or Hispanics differed as a group, and if so, identify those differences; and determine if there was a relationship between reading and writing. The Nelson Denny Test, Form D determined reading ability and provided scores in vocabulary, comprehension, and rate. Grade equivalence was provided by the test's publisher. Students' grade in the course determined academic achievement. Students were placed in writing classes according to the College's writing sample examination, successful completion of the previous writing course, and other means (e.g., transfer student from other college). Findings included: students who completed the courses showed gains of .8 grade levels in the summer session; males had a higher equivalence than females, however, the groups finished at the same equivalence level; Hispanic students started reading at the 11.8 grade level, and ended at the 12.7, almost at the point at which non-Hispanics began. (NQA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Nelson Denny Reading Tests
Note: Paper presented at the annual conference of the Raza in Higher Education (Long Beach, CA, September 13-14, 1984).