ERIC Number: ED366394
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Preparedness of High School Graduates for College: A Statewide Look at Basic Skills Tests Results for 1990-91. Information Capsule No. 93-01C.
Belcher, Marcia J.
In Florida, community colleges are required to report their entry-level basic skills testing results to the public school system in their service area. Miami-Dade Community College (M-DCC) has been reporting that approximately 60% of Dade County Public School (DCPS) graduates cannot pass basic skills tests in math, writing, and reading. DCPS has replied, however, that M-DCC mainly enrolls students who never planned to attend college and therefore did not follow the college track in high school. They felt their college-prepared students were attending universities and therefore not part of M-DCC's sample. Recently, however, university and community college data have been combined for each district. Results show that 46% of Dade County graduates scored above the cut in all areas compared to 63% of graduates statewide. Students had the most difficulty passing the mathematics test and found the reading and writing tests about equally difficult. Of students taking entry-level placement tests at M-DCC, 36% were ready for college in all areas, 10 percentage points below that for the school system as a whole. Statewide, less than half of the Black and Hispanic high school graduates passed the three basic skills tests compared to 70% of White non-Hispanic and Asian graduates. The largest statewide difference for males and females was a four percentage point spread in math, with males passing at a higher rate. (AC)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, College Bound Students, College Freshmen, College Preparation, Community Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Females, High School Graduates, High Schools, Males, Mathematics Tests, Reading Tests, Scores, State Surveys, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Writing Tests
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Miami-Dade Community Coll., FL. Office of Institutional Research.
Identifiers: Dade County Public Schools FL; Florida; Miami Dade Community College FL