ERIC Number: ED331555
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Sep-4
Reference Count: N/A
Entrance Testing and Student Success in Writing Classes and Study Skills Classes: Fall 1989, Winter 1990, and Spring 1990.
Hodges, Daniel L.
At Oregon's Lane Community College (LCC), all full-time students and students enrolled in English Composition (WR121) are required to take a 35-item writing placement test. Students with test scores deemed "marginal" (i.e, those scoring between 20 and 24 points) are advised to take a preparatory course (WR120) before enrolling in WR121, while students scoring below 20 points are required to first complete the lower-level course. All students scoring below 25 are also required to take a reading test. In spring 1990, a computer program was developed to examine the relationship between test scores and grades earned in a variety of classes at LCC. Study findings for the 1989-90 school year included the following: (1) both writing and reading test scores were positively correlated with grades earned in WR121 and in an advanced writing course (WR122); (2) among new students with marginal writing test scores, 66% of those who took WR121 immediately following the screening test received a C grade or better, while only 54% of those who took the course at a later time performed as well; (3) among students with marginal reading test scores, 66% of those who took the preparatory course (WR120) later received a C grade or better in WR121, as compared with only 46% of the marginal readers who did not take the preparatory course; (4) while writing test scores were positively correlated with students' grades in a technical report writing course, reading test scores showed no correlation; (5) students' writing test scores showed almost no correlation with performance in WR120; and (6) reading test scores were not highly correlated with student success in study skills courses. Data tables are included. (PAA)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Community Colleges, Grades (Scholastic), Institutional Research, Predictive Validity, Predictor Variables, Prerequisites, Reading Skills, Reading Tests, Reading Writing Relationship, Required Courses, Screening Tests, Student Placement, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Writing Skills
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Lane Community Coll., Eugene, OR.