ERIC Number: ED346943
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-May
Reference Count: N/A
Review and Evaluation of the College Level Examination Program for Introductory Macroeconomics for Providing Credit by Exam.
Reichheld, Charles A., III
At Cuyahoga Community College (CCC), the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) for Introductory Macroeconomics Test was evaluated to determine if it was an effective tool for providing credit by examination for the college's Principles of Economics course. Though students at the present time (1991) can take the CLEP to obtain up to 45 credits at CCC, the test is not currently used for credit in the course area of economics itself. Base-line information for the exam was obtained in 1974 when the test was administered to a reference group of 2,259 students completing macroeconomics at one of 36 colleges. To develop a common understanding of concurrent validity, the test makers compared test results with the final course grades of the students in the reference group. The American Council on Education recommended that the minimum test score of the students in the reference group who earned a final course grade of C be used as the level of success necessary to obtain college credit. Concerns with the test included content validity, which was difficult to judge, and the age of the test, which was last revised in 1980. An additional problem existed in the fact that the CLEP was solely a cognitive measure, whereas factors such as attendance, participation, attitude, and intent often influence final course grades. In addition, the relationship between a C grade issued at the colleges involved in the base-line study (only four of which were community colleges) and a C grade issued for the CCC course was unclear. Therefore, providing credit by examination in the area of economics at CCC using the CLEP test in its current form, without change and further investigation, was not recommended. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Cuyahoga Community Coll., Parma Heights, OH. Western Campus.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: College Level Examination Program