ERIC Number: ED341418
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Dec
RSC Validation of Mathematics Placement Tests. Research, Planning, Resource Development Report.
Slark, Julie; And Others
In an effort to determine the validity of placement tests used at Rancho Santiago College (Santa Ana, California), for placing students into mathematics courses, a study was conducted comparing the course performance of students who met test cut-off scores ("eligible" to take the course) with students who did not meet the cut-off scores ("ineligible"). Students were tested using the California State University/University of California Mathematics Diagnostic Testing Project tests, and comparisons were made of the course success rates for eligible and ineligible students in Elementary Algebra (Math 50), Elementary Algebra Review (Math 60), and Intermediate Algebra (Math 80) in fall 1990 and spring 1991. Successful students were defined as those receiving grades of A, B, or C, or receiving course credit. Study results were as follows: (1) of the 454 students in Math 50, 83% scored above the placement test cut-off score, and 47% were successful in the course; (2) of the students in Math 50, 48% of those scoring above the cut-off scores were successful as compared with 41% of those scoring below the cut-off scores; (3) of the 266 students in Math 60, 94% scored above the cut-off and 61% were successful in the course; (4) of the students in Math 60, 62% of those scoring above the cut-off scores were successful in the course, compared with 47% of those scoring below the cut-off scores; (5) of the students in Math 80, 63% scored above the cut-off score and 63% were also successful in the course; (6) of the students in Math 80, 65% of those scoring above the placement test cut-off scores were successful in the course as compared with 58% of those scoring below the cut-off scores; and (7) correlations of placement test scores with course outcomes revealed the test cut-off scores were appropriate and should not be modified. Detailed data tables are included. (PAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rancho Santiago Community Coll., Santa Ana, CA.