ERIC Number: ED313084
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Analysis of Placement Practices for Calculus in Postsecondary Education: Final Report.
Jenkins, John H.
In 1989, a survey was conducted of 1,003 two-year colleges and 997 four-year colleges to identify criteria used to place students into Calculus I and II, determine respondents' perceptions of the effectiveness of the placement procedures, and gather information on the first-year calculus curricula of the schools. Study findings, based on usable responses from 429 two-year colleges and 562 four-year colleges, included the following: (1) most of the responding schools based placement on either high school record, national achievement test score, or placement test results; (2) 25 two-year colleges and 3 four-year colleges did not offer calculus, 17 two-year colleges and 2 four-year colleges had no direct placement, and 70 two-year colleges and 81 four-year colleges relied on self-placement; (3) local or national placement tests were used by 58% of the schools with a placement procedure; (4) 74 two-year colleges and 176 four-year colleges used a local placement test, 77 two-year colleges and 122 four-year colleges used a commercial placement test, and 68 two-year colleges and 185 four-year colleges used a national test; (5) among schools that used a placement test developed by the Mathematical Association of America, there was no consistency in cutoff scores for Calculus I placement; (6) almost half of the colleges with placement procedures viewed placement as advisory rather than mandatory; and (7) over 60% of the respondents from both two- and four-year colleges predicted that there would be a major change in the calculus currriculum within the next 10 years. The survey instrument is attached. (AYC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: EXXON Education Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Univ., Prescott, AZ.