ERIC Number: ED328323
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Basic Skills Assessment Results of Miami-Dade Community College First-Time-in-College Degree-Seeking Students, Fall Term 1990.
In September 1990, a study was conducted of the performance on basic skills examinations of first-time-in-college degree-seeking students who entered Miami-Dade Community College (M-DCC) during fall term 1990. The study examined placement results on the Computerized Placement Test (CPT) and the Florida Multiple Assessment Programs and Services test (FL-MAPS) between 1980 and 1990. Study findings included the following: (1) 6,027 first-time-in-college degree-seeking students wrote either the FL-MAPS or the CPT during fall 1990; (2) the failure rate for the reading subtest has remained at approximately 40% since 1985; (3) the percentage of students failing the test of standard English showed a steady decrease from 42.8% in 1983 to 34% in 1989, but increased to 36.7% in fall 1990; (4) the percentage of students failing the elementary algebra subtest remained at approximately 48% between 1987 and 1989, but went up to 52.4% in fall 1990; (5) the percentage of students failing one or more subtests has essentially remained stable over the last 11 years, but jumped slightly to 69.9% in fall 1990; and (6) among White non-Hispanics, 37.5% of the students passed all three subtests (i.e., reading, English, and math) in 1990, compared to 50.2% in 1980, while the pass-all-three rate for Black non-Hispanics increased from 11.2% to 18.4% during this period. A memo outlining placement criteria for academic year 1990-91 is included. (GFW)
Descriptors: Academic Aptitude, Basic Skills, Black Students, College Entrance Examinations, College Freshmen, Community Colleges, Hispanic Americans, Mathematics Tests, Minimum Competencies, Minority Groups, Multicampus Districts, Reading Tests, Standardized Tests, Student Placement, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Writing Tests
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Miami-Dade Community Coll., FL. Office of Institutional Research.