ERIC Number: ED307936
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-May
Reference Count: N/A
Methods of Evaluating Students at the Community College.
Although most instructors are solely responsible for the evaluation and grading of students, they rarely receive formalized training in test construction or other forms of evaluation. Evaluating highly motivated students in very small classes is a rather uncomplicated procedure; however, evaluating large classes in which students have a range of abilities, as is commom at community colleges, presents a more complex situation. Traditionally, teacher-made tests have consisted of essay questions, multiple-choice questions, or true and false questions, each of which has its advantages and drawbacks. To help faculty plan the evaluation procedures used in their courses, a testing center was established at Mercer County Community College (MCCC) in 1977. The center not only administers some 69,000 examinations for various MCCC courses, but also provides the New Jersey College Basic Skills Placement Test, course equivalency testing, and credentialling examinations. A survey regarding the quality, variety and adaptability of student evaluation at the college, presented to selected MCCC faculty, revealed the following: (1) subjective, essay examinations were limited mostly to the humanities and social sciences; (2) faculty in the disciplines of English, history, psychology, and business did not believe that they tested students for specific skills; (3) on the average, instructors administered tests to students every fourth week; (4) reasons cited for lack of use of the testing center included the absence of proper equipment (e.g., pianos, typewriters, or easels), an increased potential for cheating, and the inability for students to ask questions during exams; and (5) students were generally well informed regarding what is expected of them in preparation for evaluation. (ALB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Authoring Institution: Princeton Univ., NJ. Mid-Career Fellowship Program.