ERIC Number: ED331399
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jan
New Jersey College Basic Skills Placement Testing Fall 1990.
New Jersey Basic Skills Council, Trenton.
This report offers details of the results of basic skills testing of the entering freshman class in New Jersey's public colleges. Levels of proficiency in verbal skills, computation, and elementary algebra are estimated from performance on the New Jersey College Basic Skills Placement Test. For the 48,568 students tested in the fall of 1990, 24% appeared proficient in verbal skills, 40% appeared proficient in some areas, and 37% lacked proficiency. In computation 32% appeared proficient, 25% appeared proficient in some areas, and 43% lacked proficiency. In elementary algebra, 13% appeared proficient, 29% appeared proficient in some areas, and 58% lacked proficiency. Results are presented for college sector, for recent and non-recent high school graduates, and by gender. Special factors are considered such as high school homework as a factor in proficiency, students for whom English is a second language, and outcomes of skills-deficient students who enroll in college remediation. Appendices contain a description of the test and sample questions, a list of participating independent and proprietary institutions, mean scaled scores from year to year, and a description of the proficiency levels established as a guide for college placement procedures. (JB)
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Algebra, Basic Skills, College Freshmen, Computation, English (Second Language), Higher Education, Homework, Mathematics Skills, Remedial Instruction, Remedial Programs, Screening Tests, State Colleges, Student Placement, Verbal Ability
Basic Skills Assessment Program, New Jersey Department of Higher Education, 20 West State Street, CN 542, Trenton, NJ 08625.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Jersey Basic Skills Council, Trenton.