ERIC Number: ED162110
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: N/A
Adult Performance Level Research and Curriculum Design.
Dauzat, Sam V.
The study compared two adult education standards used to determine Louisiana student eligibility for taking the General Educational Development (GED) test. Of the initial 590 students, 516 remained as study participants. The traditional standard, Standard 1, required the student to earn 13.0 on the California Achievement Test (CAT) with no area score below 12.0. The alternative standard, Standard 2, required the student to earn a raw score of thirty-four or above on the American College Testing-Adult Performance Level Survey (ACT-APL Survey) with a minimum of 10.0 in each CAT subject area. Students were pretested on the CAT and ACT-APL. A control group received instruction in a traditional adult education program; the experimental group was taught through an APL-based program. The study compares the percentage of students initially qualifying for GED through Standards 1 and 2. Percentages of students initially qualifying who actually took and passed the GED were also compared. Of the initial Standard 1 recommendations, 89% passed the GED; of those recommended through Standard 2, 97% passed. Ninety percent of the persons who qualified for GED testing by alternative and not traditional criteria were able to pass the test. APL instruction and criteria allowed a higher percentage of students to remain in an adult education program and attain a high school equivalency diploma. (Author/CSS)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Comparative Analysis, Competency Based Education, Conventional Instruction, Curriculum Design, Dropouts, High School Equivalency Programs, Methods Research, Nontraditional Education, Predictor Variables, Readiness, Remedial Programs, Standards, Test Selection, Test Validity
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Louisiana State Dept. of Education, Baton Rouge. Bureau of Adult and Community Education.
Authoring Institution: Louisiana Tech Univ., Ruston. Coll. of Education.
Identifiers - Location: Louisiana
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Adult Performance Level; General Educational Development Tests; California Achievement Tests