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ERIC Number: ED038246
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Dec
Pages: 11
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Open Enrollment: Challenge to the College Reading/Skills Program.
Kerstiens, Gene
The procedure for determining, by computer-programing, English sections according to test results at El Camino College, California, is described. El Camino College is a large community college in the Los Angeles area, admission to which is based solely on a high school diploma and residence in the district. As a result of entrance test scores on the Purdue Placement Test for English, the candidates above the fifty-sixth percentile are placed in regular freshmen reading and composition classes, and those above the seventy-eighth percentile are placed in advanced sections. Students between the seventeenth and the fifty-sixth percentiles receive instruction in English A, the remedial section. Of primary focus in this program is the group below the sixteenth percentile. A 4-hour, 18-week laboratory course is provided which prepares 85 percent of these students for placement in English A. As a result of this program, students scoring in the lowest 16 percentiles who formerly had a 45 percent probability of failure in English A now have a failure probability of 21 percent. After successful completion of the laboratory course, 30 percent of the low scorers are able to circumvent English A and transfer to the regular class. Tables and references are included. (CM)
Nineteenth National Reading Conference Yearbook.
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Note: Paper presented at the National Reading Conference, Atlanta, Ga., Dec. 4-6, 1969