ERIC Number: ED231488
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-May
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of the Correlation of Selected Data on High School Transcripts, English Qualifying Exam Scores, and Subsequent Freshman/Developmental English Grades at Wytheville Community College. Report No. 83-2.
Beavers, Jerry L.
In January 1982, Wytheville Community College (WCC) adopted the English Qualifying Exam (EQE) as a mandatory placement test for all students wishing to enter English 101 or 111 (two first-quarter, college-level courses). Although the EQE proved suitable for placing students and predicting the number of quarters that would be required to complete developmental coursework, many students resented having to take the exam and its administration required a great deal of staff time. A study was conducted to determine if there were data on high school transcripts that would have a higher degree of correlation with English 101 and 111 grades and/or with the number of times required to complete developmental courses than the EQE scores. The Statistical Analysis System was used to determine the degree of correlation of EQE scores; 12th grade English grades; Science Research Associates (SRA) Assessment Survey composite, reading, and language arts scores; and grades received for English 101 and 111 or the number of times required to complete the developmental courses. The study revealed that SRA language arts and composite scores had a higher degree of correlation with English 101 and 111 grades than did EQE scores. Based on the findings, changes were recommended in testing requirements, and cutoff scores for placement in English 101 and 111 were determined for the SRA and EQE. (AYC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wytheville Community Coll., VA. Office of Institutional Research.