ERIC Number: ED262102
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr-1
Reference Count: N/A
Instructional Implications of Diagnostic Reading Tests.
Reynolds, Marianne C.
This paper examines remedial programs in colleges and discusses the relationship of those programs to diagnostic testing. The Basic Skills Placement Test (BSPT) is required of all College freshman in New Jersey public colleges. Mercer County Community College, used as an example throughout this paper, uses the BSPT as a basis for placing students in appropriate remedial courses in writing, reading, and mathematics. The development of tests designed to measure the reading ability of college students and adults has not kept pace with the instructional programs. The few, widely used, standardized tests are discussed, especially the Nelson-Denny Reading Test (NDRT), designed for average college students. The NDRT is popular because of low cost and short administration time, but it has several shortcomings for remedial testing, including: (1) limited testing time; (2) no gradual increase in difficulty of items; (3) questionable results as a pre/post test measure; and (4) use of passage-dependent items. Ten desirable features in a diagnostic test for remedial college students are discussed at length. If a diagnostic test is well matched with the reading program, the information gained can assist instructional planning. (LMO)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Compensatory Education, Developmental Programs, Diagnostic Tests, Educational Diagnosis, Educational Testing, Educationally Disadvantaged, Higher Education, Prognostic Tests, Reading Tests, Remedial Programs, Remedial Reading, Student Characteristics, Student Placement, Test Use, Testing Problems, Transitional Programs
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Nelson Denny Reading Tests