ERIC Number: ED316291
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
A Review of the English Composition Assessment of Saddleback College Students through the Matriculation Program.
In 1989, Saddleback College's (SC's) English composition assessment process was evaluated to determine its success in placing students in appropriate courses. To gain entrance to one of SC's three composition courses, students must complete a prerequisite course or take the College English Placement Test (CEPT) and, at the option of the student, provide a writing sample. The three courses available are a university-level composition course, a composition class that satisfies the composition requirement for graduation with an associate degree, and a remedial/basic skills course. Random samples were chosen from the 2,714 students who had taken the CEPT between July 5, 1988 and January 31, 1989, from the students who provided a writing sample, and from the students who were not placed with the CEPT. Study findings, based on a comparison of placement results and course success, include the following: (1) students who enrolled in a course more advanced than that suggested by their CEPT score succeeded at a higher rate than the group that took the recommended course; this may be due to the fact that a student would normally have needed to take the writing sample to qualify for placement into the more advanced class; (2) of the 244 students who took the writing sample, 94% were successful in English composition; the success rate for all students in the composition courses was 69%; (3) the success rates for CEPT-based placement students and students who took the prerequisite courses were about the same; (4) the success of the students placed through the assessment process indicated that the cutoff scores for the CEPT were not too low, and that they may have been too high; and (5) the English composition faculty did not recommend a change in the minimum testing levels due to their experience with the results of student placement based on the CEPT scores. An appendix provides CEPT scores and data on course success. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Saddleback Community Coll., Mission Viejo, CA.