ERIC Number: ED215743
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-May-21
Summary Analysis of Students and Grades: Mathematics 71, Basic Mathematics.
Clark, Robert M.
An analysis of the characteristics and grades of students in Mathematics 71, a basic mathematics course, was conducted at Kings River Community College to provide counselors and instructors with information to help them determine the chances of a student's success in the course. Data collected included information on placement test scores; high school graduation; high school grade point average (GPA); prior college units; GPA in prior college courses; high school mathematics grades; and prior college mathematics grades. Findings of the study, based on information about 118 day and 35 evening students, included the following: (1) students had a 50% chance of success in Mathematics 71 if they scored in the 13-34 percentile range on placement tests, had a high school GPA of 2.00 to 2.48, had taken 15 to 34.5 college units before taking the course, or had a college GPA of 2.51 to 2.96; (2) students who scored above the 35 percentile on any mathematics placement test were more successful than those scoring below this or those without test scores; (3) high school graduates were more successful than non-graduates; (4) those with a high school GPA above 2.5 were more successful than those with a lower GPA or without high school transcripts; and (5) students with high school or college grades of C or better in mathematics courses were more successful than those with lower grades. (KL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kings River Community Coll., Reedley, CA.