ERIC Number: ED325188
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of a Two-Year College Remedial/Developmental Mathematics Program.
Levine, Deborah R.
In spring and fall 1988, a two-phase study was conducted at Nassau Community College to evaluate two courses in the mathematics program: Preparatory Mathematics (MAT 001) and Introductory Algebra (MAT 002). Pre- and post-tests for the classes were administered to assess student learning outcomes. The first phase of the study examined aspects of program placement testing and instruction, as well as student characteristics and the percentage of students reaching minimal competency. Phase two focused on student outcomes in MAT 002, student competency in subsequent mathematics courses, and the variables related to student success. Phase one results indicated that course grades in MAT 001 and MAT 002 did not appear to be related to students' scores on the placement tests; mean performance on post-tests showed a statistically significant increase in mathematics knowledge; and 33% of the MAT 001 students and 41% of the MAT 002 students did not complete the course. The results from phase two included the following: (1) pass rates for MAT 002 were substantially higher in fall 1988, a change attributed to improved test validity; (2) MAT 001 students had MAT 002 pass rates similar to those of other students; (3) course pass rates were highest for Business Administration students (86.4%) and among the lowest for Early Childhood students (38.9%); and (4) remediated students' pass rates in three of five higher level math courses were comparable to other students. Detailed data tables are included. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Nassau Community Coll., Garden City, NY.