ERIC Number: ED309825
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug-30
Reference Count: N/A
CLAST Results by College Preparatory Experience: Passing Rates under Current and Increased Standards.
Gabe, LiAnne C.
A study was conducted at Broward Community College (BCC) to compare the performance on the College Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST) of examinees with college preparatory experience to that of examinees without this experience. Data were drawn from CLAST tapes for the 1988-89 academic year and from BCC's admissions file. Passing rates for each CLAST subtest were calculated for examinees who had successfully completed any college preparatory course and for those who had not. In 1989, the passing rate for both groups combined was 78.7%. However, 87% of the examinees who did not have college preparatory experience passed all four subtests of the CLAST, while only 68% of those who had taken preparatory coursework succeeded in passing all subtests. In order to assess the effects of proposed increases in passing standards, the June 1989 CLAST results were recalculated. The results showed that the more moderate proposed increase would allow only about one-half of all examinees to pass the CLAST. Nearly two-thirds of those examinees who had no college preparatory experience would still pass, in sharp contrast to the 40% passing rate for college preparatory students. If the more stringent set of standards were used, the passing rate would drop to 20% for those with college preparatory experience and to 40% for those without. Graphs showing passing rates by subtest for each set of standards are included. (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