ERIC Number: ED381571
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Student Achievement of College-Level Communication and Mathematics Skills in Florida: 1989-90.
Florida State Dept. of Education, Tallahassee.
The College-Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST) is an examination of achievement in communication skills and mathematics that is mandated by state law for college students in community colleges and state universities in Florida as a requirement for an Associate's degree or for entry into upper-level courses. Higher CLAST standards went into effect in August 1989. Results presented in this report describe the first year of transition based on higher standards. Data from previous years suggested that many college students were not prepared for the higher standards, with the essay and mathematics portions of the examination the weakest areas. In 1989-90 students performed best in Reading and English Language Skills, followed by essay and mathematics subtests. Overall passing rates of community college examinees at 52% and private college examinees (also 52%) were below that of public university students at 76%. Racial and ethnic differences are also examined, and recommendations are made to enhance student performance on the revised CLAST. Ten figures and 17 tables present test data. Three appendixes list standing committee members and summarize CLAST performance. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accountability, Achievement Tests, Associate Degrees, College Students, Communication Skills, Degree Requirements, Educational Trends, Essay Tests, Higher Education, Language Skills, Mathematics Achievement, Public Colleges, Racial Differences, Reading Achievement, Scores, Scoring, Sex Differences, Standards, State Legislation, Test Construction, Test Results
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida State Dept. of Education, Tallahassee.
Identifiers: College Level Academic Skills Test; Florida
Note: Prepared by the Standing Committee on Student Achievement of the Articulation Coordinating Committee.