ERIC Number: ED295706
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Expectation vs. Ability: Junior College Reading Skills.
Reed, Keflyn Xavier
A study was conducted at a public, open-door junior college to determine whether students' perceptions of their reading abilities could be used to predict their actual reading skills. The American College Testing Program ASSET test and the Nelson-Denny Reading Test (NDRT) were administered to 443 first-time freshmen. The students were also asked to indicate on the ASSET Educational Planning Form if they did, did not, or might need help with their reading skills. Study findings included the following: (1) of the 443 students, 30% were placed in a course designed for students reading below the 9th grade level, 19.6% were placed in a course for students reading above the 9th grade level but below college level, and 15.3% were enrolled in a course designed for students reading at or above college level; (2) of the students with college-level reading scores on the NDRT, 6 indicated that they needed help with their reading skills, 8 said they might need help, and 32 said they did not need help; (3) of the students with reading scores between the 9th and 13th grade levels, 31 felt they needed help, 38 said they might need help, and 107 said they did not need help; (4) of the students with reading scores between the 3rd and 9th grade levels, 43 said they needed help, 41 said they might need help, and 137 said they did not need help; and (5) students' perceptions of their skill levels were found to be statistically independent of their actual skill levels. (EJV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bishop State Junior Coll., Mobile, AL.