ERIC Number: ED327576
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Designing a Mathematics Predictor Test for the TASP (Texas Academic Skills Program) Test.
Heger, Herbert K.
A battery of mathematics tests was developed to predict: (1) student success on the mathematics subtest of the Texas Academic Skills Program (TASP), basic skills tests required upon entry into public colleges or universities in Texas; and (2) student readiness for college level mathematics. The developed tests were intended to provide universities with information beyond the mere assessment of present skills given by the TASP. TASP specifications were rewritten by project staff into 63 subskills, for which a pool of 290 items was formed. The pool was reduced to 150 items, used to develop four pilot forms of the predictor tests. These tests were administered to 10 groups of high school, community college, and university students for a total of 760 usable scores. Using these scores and demographic data on the students represented, four final forms were developed--two for general use, and two for the specific purposes of the University of Texas (El Paso). Recommended cutoff scores were established for placement purposes. The test and its cutoff scores are available for institutions wishing to advise students on their chances of passing the mathematics portion of the TASP. An appendix provides details about the tests, including socre interpretation charts for high schools and colleges, as well as instructions for students on how to interpret test scores. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Texas Education Agency, Austin.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Test Batteries; Texas Academic Skills Program
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwest Educational Research Association (San Antonio, TX, January 25, 1991).