ERIC Number: ED246934
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: N/A
Establishing Cut-Off Scores for Placement in Community College Developmental Courses.
Hector, Judith H.
To determine the effectiveness of placement test scores in predicting final course grades, students enrolled in selected college-level courses at Walters State Community College in Tennessee were tested during winter 1983. At the end of the quarter, course grades were collected, and correlations between test scores and course grades were calculated. Cut-off scores were determined to minimize the number of false positives (i.e., predicting failure when success would have occurred) and misses (i.e., predicting success when failure would result). Concerns about the distribution of headcount in college-level and developmental courses were also considerations in setting cut-off scores. In order to increase student and faculty acceptance of the use of test scores for placement purposes, a revised screening procedure was implemented for new student orientation and fall registration in 1983. A three-level system of cut-off scores was developed. Students below the STOP level were advised that they had little chance of success in courses related to the skills measured by the test; students with scores in the CAUTION level were advised to look at their high school performance and other factors before deciding on course selection; and students above the GO level seemed to have the skills needed to succeed. The revised screening procedure significantly increased developmental enrollments, and an analysis of the performance of students at various levels validated the cut-off scores. Screening materials and study data are appended. (AYC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Walters State Community Coll., Morristown, TN.