ERIC Number: ED373813
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov-19
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Mathematics Placement at Cottey College.
In response to the large numbers of students who were failing or dropping out of basic algebra and calculus classes, Cottey College, in Missouri, developed a math placement program in 1982 using Basic Algebra (BA) and Calculus Readiness (CR) tests from the Mathematical Association of America's Placement Testing Program. Cut off scores for the tests were determined by relating student success rates to test scores during a 10-year period. In addition to BA and CR scores, other criteria for making recommendations include American College Testing and Scholastic Aptitude Test math scores and years of high school math taken. The program showed an immediate improvement in success rates, with the percentage of students achieving at least a "C" in basic calculus increasing from 58% in 1980-81 to 78% in 1984-85, 2 years after the program was implemented. Moreover, the program has provided increased knowledge about Cottey's students and aided in identifying and addressing concerns in the college's math program. For example, an intermediate algebra course has been added to the curriculum to meet the needs of students with 2 or 3 years of high school math but low BA test scores. Data tables are provided showing student success rates, placement program effectiveness, the relationship between placement level and graduation rate, and the relationship between class attendance and final grades. (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Cottey College MO
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (19th, Boston, MA, November 18-21, 1993).