ERIC Number: ED309824
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
The Projected Impact on Passing Rates of Proposed Changes to the CLAST Passing Standards and Increased CLAST Passing Standards: The Impact on Ethnic Groups. Institutional Research Report Abstracts Numbers RR89-15 and RR89-17.
Gabe, LiAnne C.
When the College Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST) was mandated in Florida, a schedule of incremental increases in the required passing scores was legislated. The 1986 passing standards were scheduled to be increased in 1989. This change was projected to reduce by half the number of students admitted to upper-level status at Florida's colleges. A proposal was put forth by the Commissioner of Education to increase the standards on a more gradual basis. The two reports contained in this document analyze the potential impact of the various proposals on Broward Community College (BCC) students. The first report examines the passing rate of BCC students who took the CLAST in March 1989, utilizing 1986 standards, the Commissioner's proposed interim standards, and the standards originally scheduled for implementation in 1989. The report indicates that under 1986 standards the passing rate for BCC students was 79%. Under the originally proposed standards, this figure would drop to 36.5%, while under the Commissioner's proposal, the passing rate would be 58%. The second report examines the March 1986 CLAST scores by ethnic group. The report indicates that while 86% of BCC's White non-Hispanic students passed all four CLAST subtests, only 59% of the Black non-Hispanic students, 60% of the Hispanic students, and 44% of the Asian students did so. These figures dropped to 64%, 37%, 42%, and 28%, respectively, under the Commissioner's proposed standards and to 41%, 27%, 18%, and 12%, respectively, under the originally proposed 1989 standards. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Broward Community Coll., Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Identifiers - Location: Florida
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: College Level Academic Skills Test