ERIC Number: ED185098
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Dec-6
Reference Count: N/A
Report of the New Jersey Basic Skills Council.
Test results are summarized for the second year of the New Jersey College Basic Skills Placement Test administered to 47,725 entering freshmen in the fall of 1979. Performance is categorized into one of three groups: appears proficient in basic skills tested; demonstrates proficiency in some (but not all) of the areas tested; and demonstrates a lack of proficiency serious enough to indicate a clear need for remediation. Data are presented for the total state and for type of institution (two-year colleges, state colleges, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Rutgers University) for the following tests: reading comprehension, sentence structure, logical relationships, essay, composition, total English, computation, and elementary algebra. Tables are also presented containing student background data. Three conclusions are reached: (1) a substantial proportion of New Jersey students entering college are not proficient in the basic verbal and mathematical skills necessary to perform college-level work; (2) deficiencies are present at both two-year and four-year institutions; and (3) the level of proficiency required to complete three years of high school iinstruction in English and mathematics is considerably lower than the proficiency expected of entering freshmen. Some comparisons to the previous year's results are made. (GDC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Jersey State Dept. of Higher Education, Trenton.
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: New Jersey College Basic Skills Placement Test