ERIC Number: ED103072
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Reading Relationship Study: Success/Failure Rate of First Semester College Students Identified as Poor Readers.
Chadwick, Robert; Walters, Henry
In order to measure the academic success/failure rate of students reading below the ninth grade level, all freshmen students entering Cosumnes River College were given the Nelson-Denny Reading Test during college registration in August 1974. Of the approximately 650 students tested, 113 (17 percent) scored 41 or below; this score corresponds to a grade placement score of eight years and nine months reading ability. By the end of the semester, 69 (61 percent) of these 113 students were subject to probation, on probation, or had withdrawn from college; 70 students (62 percent) had a progress point average (PPA) of 1.99 or below, less than a "C" average; and 42 students (37 percent) had a PPA of .99 or below, less than a "D" average. Students who were tested as reading at the eighth grade level (8.1-8.9) and who also enrolled in a remedial English course showed a failure rate of 33 percent as compared to 59 percent for students who were tested as reading at the same level and who did not enroll in a remedial English course. Students who were tested as reading at below the eighth grade level failed at the same rate (64-70 percent) whether or not they enrolled in a remedial English course. Further results indicate that reading level is a good predictor of academic success for students who take six or more units, but is a poor predictor of success for students taking five units or less. (DC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Cosumnes River Coll., Sacramento, CA.