ERIC Number: ED216750
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jun
Reference Count: 0
The Fall 1981 LACC [Los Angeles City College] College Placement Examination. Research Study #82-4.
Gold, Ben K.
Between fall 1980 and fall 1981, the procedures for collegewide testing and English placement were revised at Los Angeles City College (LACC). Separate examinations were offered to native English speakers (i.e., the Stanford Achievement Test) and those whose primary language was not English (i.e., the English Placement Test of the University of Michigan). Of the 5,500 students who took the College Placement Examination in fall 1981, 2,423 (44%) elected to take the test for native English speakers, and 3,077 (56%) selected the English as a Second Language (ESL) test. On the basis of test scores placement was recommended in 1 of 11 developmental courses or a college-level English course, in which placement was confirmed by a writing sample. Highlights of study findings include the following: (1) 64% of the students taking the test spoke a language other than English as their native language; (2) a greater percentage of students elected the ESL test in 1981 than in 1980 (56% vs. 43%); (3) the largest ethnic group was Hispanic (29%), followed by Asian (26%); (4) 55% of the students had attended college prior to taking the examination; (5) 47% of the native group and 12% of the ESL group were placed in the college-level English course, representing about 28% of the total sample; (6) 30% of the native group and 44% of the ESL group were recommended for a Developmental Communications course, representing 38% of the sample; and (7) 59.1% of the ESL students were attending LACC to learn English. (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Los Angeles City Coll., CA.