ERIC Number: ED245725
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Phase II, The English Placement Test: A Correlation Analysis.
Neault, Lynn Ceresino
A study was conducted in the San Diego Community College District to evaluate English placement test data for a correlation between test scores and grades in English courses districtwide and to evaluate placement test cutoff scores. Following from Phase I of the project which involved a pilot study conducted at Mesa College between fall 1982 and spring 1983, Phase II included all three campuses in the district and increased the sample size to 6,099 students. Statistical analyses were conducted to determine correlations among the following variables: placement test scores, final grades in English courses in fall 1983, and specified demographic data (i.e., age, gender, ethnicity, high school graduation status, and campus of enrollment). Study findings included the following: (1) Business English 52 was the only course which exhibited a meaningful correlation between placement test scores and final grade in the course; (2) students under 20 years of age had the lowest mean English course grade, but the second highest reading and grammar test scores of all age groups; and (3) extreme variations in grading by the instructors may have been the primary reason for a weak correlation throughout the district. Based on study findings, it was recommended that the number of placement categories be reduced, security measures be developed and enforced for the testing process, course outlines be reviewed and aligned, the cutoff scores be revised, and the placement test be reviewed. (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: San Diego Community Coll. District, CA. Research and Planning.
Note: For Phase I of this study, see ED 239 669.