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ERIC Number: ED224020
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Jun
Pages: 28
Abstractor: N/A
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Performance of Six Levels of Students on a "Test of Basic Skills Competence."
Walker, Carlene
To provide an objective statement of how a wide range of students at the University of Texas at El Paso performed on a test measuring verbal basic skills, a computerized analysis of variance compared group mean scores on a test of basic skills competence for 1,553 students in 6 groups, including graduating seniors and students in 4 levels of English courses. A manual analysis of the computerized "Question Analysis Report" compared performance of beginning basic writing students and junior-level technical writing students on individual test items. A manual tabulation compared group percentage scores on the basic skills test, the equivalent hypothetical letter grades, and verbal Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores for year of college entry for each group. Results showed that significant differences existed between the means for seniors and basic writing students both before and after instruction. No other significant differences were apparent. Students in the junior-level course and those in the basic writing course tended to miss many of the same items on the test. Groups who had entered the university with relatively low verbal SAT scores received relatively low scores on the test of basic skills competence. Recommendations included repetition of the study; increasing emphasis on the basic skills of standard written English and vocabulary growth, along with intensification of writing and speaking activities in all English courses; implementation of curriculum changes; and extension of writing across the curriculum activities. (HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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