ERIC Number: ED334834
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-May-2
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Making Difficult Decisions: Can the Michigan Test Help?
Egbert, J. L.; Jessup, Leonard M.
A study evaluated the Michigan Test Battery as a placement tool and indicator of student performance at the college level for one continuing education intensive academic English program. Three issues were addressed: whether the test: (1) is being used correctly for program placement and exit; (2) is an accurate indicator of performance for placement purposes; and (3) shows progress in student scores over time. Test scores and initial placement for 53 students were compared with score interpretation guidelines to determine the frequency with which guidelines were followed in placement decisions. In addition, placement test scores were compared with first quarter grades, and scores from four sequential test administrations were compared. Results of the analyses suggest that the program does not use the test correctly in many cases, the test is not an accurate indicator of performance in the level of placement, and the test does not measure student progress accurately. It is recommended that programs using the test for placement of advancement examine their objectives for test administration and their choice of test for the situation. The guidelines for test scoring are appended. (Contains 3 references.) (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers: Michigan Test Battery