ERIC Number: ED305100
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
Minimum Competency Factors: In and Out of the Classroom.
Licata, Paul; Snider, William J.
In 1987, a study was conducted to evaluate the ability of several variables to predict student performance on Florida's minimum competency test for rising juniors, the College Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST). The variables included grades received in required courses; semesters elapsed prior to taking required courses after entering college; semesters elapsed between successful completion of coursework and taking the CLAST; completion of coursework in composition, reading, and math beyond required levels; and participation in a school-sponsored review session for one or more subtests of the CLAST. A random sample of 288 students selected from the 400 students from a moderately sized community college who took the 1984 CLAST was analyzed in terms students' status as first-time or repeat takers and in terms of students' participation in the review courses. Study findings included the following: (1) students with a grade of C or better in a class usually did well on that respective subtest of the CLAST; (2) among students who did not take a reading class, those who took the CLAST review course performed worse on the reading subtest than those who did not take the review course; (3) for students retaking the CLAST in 1984 without having taken a review course, grades in Composition I and II were the strongest indicators of success on the grammar subtest; and (4) the overall passing rate for the essay subtest was 85.6%, with 92.4% of those taking the test for the first time passing, compared to 27.2% of those retaking the test. (AAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Valencia Community Coll., Orlando, FL.