ERIC Number: ED274386
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Assessment Testing: Analysis and Predictions, Spring-Fall 1985.
Harris, Howard L.; Hansson, Claudia J.
During spring and fall 1985, a study was conducted at Cosumnes River College (CRC) to determine how assessment testing scores related to student persistence and performance. The student history files of a random sample of 498 students who had been tested by the CRC Assessment Center during spring and fall 1985 were examined, yielding the following results: (1) females scored significantly higher in the test areas of spelling and grammar conventions; (2) whites tested higher than any other ethnic group in every area except spelling; (3) blacks had consistently low scores on all sections of the English test; (4) reading comprehension scores and reference skills decreased with age; (5) differences between day and evening students were quite small; (6) students with transfer goals scored substantially higher in all areas of testing than nontransfer students; (7) results for older, longer removed from high school students indicated some deterioration in English skills, suggesting the need for re-entry support services and tutorial and remedial programs; and (8) English skills appeared to be critical to the successful completion of college-level course work. (LAL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Cosumnes River Coll., Sacramento, CA. Office of Research.