ERIC Number: ED231421
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr-25
A Statistical Evaluation of the Efficacy of Selected English Courses.
Haase, M.; Magee, Steve
A research project was conducted in 1982 by Sacramento City College's Assessment Center to evaluate the effectiveness of selected English courses found in three levels of English: English 55 and 56 (the lowest level); English 57 (level two), and English 1A (level three). The study focused on students who had reading and English scores required for placement in the respective classes and were found to be properly placed in their English courses through promotion and/or assessment. Research findings included the following: (1) 69.77% of the students promoted into English 56 after successful completion of English 55 received a C or better, while 78.01% of those placed directly into the course received a C or better; (2) 83.02% of those promoted into English 57 received at least a C, compared to 81.74% of those placed directly; (3) 77.42% of the students promoted into English 1A and 81.39% of those placed directly into the course received a C or better; (4) while the average grade of those promoted into English 57 equaled the average grade of those placed directly, for English 1A, the average grade of the promoted group was significantly lower than the direct-placement group; (5) when the test of proportions was applied, those promoted and those placed directly had the same chance of receiving a C or better in all three course levels; and (6) students directed into lower-level English courses usually had a lower grade point average. (LL)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Sacramento City Coll., CA.