ERIC Number: ED346939
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Student and Faculty Evaluation of Placement Results. Results of In-Class Surveys of Faculty and Students Regarding SDCCD Placement Practices and Results.
Armstrong, Bill; Takahata, Gail
In the fall of 1988, a stratified sample of courses at City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges in the San Diego Community College District (California) were surveyed as part of a skills assessment research project. For classes into which students were placed on the basis of assessment test scores (in English writing and reading, and mathematics), student and faculty perceptions of the accuracy of placement tests were collected. Selected survey findings included the following: (1) districtwide, between 75.4% and 92% of the students felt that they were accurately placed in the surveyed English courses, while instructors responded that between 60% and 80% of students were appropriately placed; (2) the disparity of responses between students and faculty was greatest at City College, where less than 1 in 14 students (7.3%) felt that they should have been placed in a lower level English course as opposed to the faculty view that as many as 8 in 14 students (58.5%) should have been placed in a lower level course; (3) districtwide, between 83.7% and 87.4% of students felt that they had been placed in the appropriate math course, while faculty felt that between 69% and 84.3% of students were accurately placed; and (4) the disparity between student and faculty responses regarding more advanced placement was greatest at Mesa College, where faculty felt that between 3.7% and 7.8% of students should have been placed in a higher level math course as opposed to the view of some 10% to 17.8% of students that they should have been placed in a more advanced course. Data is displayed in two tables and 25 bar graphs of responses which make up the greater part of the document. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: San Diego Community Coll. District, CA. Research and Planning.