ERIC Number: ED073331
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Dec
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Test Data on Adult Basic Education Students. Second Interim Report.
Kent, William P.
As part of an ongoing longitudinal study of adult basic education (ABE), reading and mathematics tests selected from the Tests of Adult Basic Education were initially administered to a national sample of selected types of ABE students in early 1972; comparable forms were later re-administered to as many of the same students as possible. Attendance data were collected on which to base estimates of hours of instruction between tests. The calendar interval between tests was usually 4 or 5 months. The percentage of students gaining a full grade or more was 26% for reading and 20% for mathematics. Initial test scores are somewhat related to amount of previous schooling and to race, sex, and age (whites, females, and younger students tended to score higher than minorities, males, and older students). Gains between tests were highest, on the whole, for students with the lowest initial scores. Gains showed no clear relationship with attendance, race, age, or previous schooling. Females gained slightly more than males, even though they started at somewhat higher levels. A comparison made with test results obtained in a study of basic education students enrolled in Manpower Development and Training Act (MDTA) programs showed that the MDTA students had higher initial scores but made similar gains for similar numbers of hours of attendance. (Author/KM)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Office of Planning, Budgeting, and Evaluation.
Authoring Institution: System Development Corp., Falls Church, VA.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Test of Adult Basic Education