ERIC Number: ED316292
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
A Review of the Mathematics Assessment of Saddleback College Students through the Matriculation Program.
In 1989, a study was conducted of the mathematics assessment portion of the matriculation process at California's Saddleback College (SC). The two main purposes of the study were to examine student enrollment behavior in recommended mathematics courses as well as to compare the success rates of students who enrolled in the recommended courses with those who enrolled in self-placed, higher level courses. All those who participated in the mathematics assessment process between July 5, 1988 and January 11, 1989 were included in the population for the study. The assessment process consisted of four separate examinations: Algebra Readiness; Elementary Algebra; Intermediate Algebra; and Pre-Calculus. In all, 2,354 exam were completed. Of the tested students, 1,336 enrolled in a mathematics class within three terms. Major findings and recommendations of the study are as follows: (1) almost all (94%) of those who participated in the mathematics assessment process enrolled in courses in the district, and slightly less than two-thirds of those who enrolled, took a math class within three terms following completion of the assessment process; (2) nearly two-thirds of those who enrolled in a mathematics class chose the course recommended by the assessment/advisement process of the matriculation program; (3) students who followed the course placement recommendations successfully completed those courses at a much higher rate than students who placed themselves above their recommended level; (4) it was recommended that the procedure for registration in mathematics courses be modified to give priority to students who had met course prerequisites or who had received a recommendation for a particular course level through the mathematics assessment process; and (5) it was recommended that the cutoff scores for course recommendations based on the assessment tests be modified. Summaries and analyses of the results of each of the four assessment tests are appended. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Saddleback Community Coll., Mission Viejo, CA.