ERIC Number: ED357778
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
College of the Canyons Predictive Validity Studies.
College of the Canyons, Valencia, CA. Office of Institutional Development.
Matriculation regulations in California require that community colleges which adopt standardized placement tests demonstrate that the tests are valid predictors of future course success. A positive correlation of at least .35 between test score and subsequent student performance in a particular course is needed to demonstrate the predictive validity of the test instrument for advisement purposes. In 1993, College of the Canyons (CC) conducted a series of predictive validity studies on 7 of the placement tests used to make placement recommendations into 43 course levels. This collection of brief reports includes CC's predictive validity studies for the 43 course placements, made with use of the following placement tests: (1) the College Board Assessment and Placement Services (APS) for Community Colleges Writing Test; (2) the APS Reading Test; (3) the Combined English Language Skills Assessment (CELSA) Test; (4) the Mathematics Diagnostic Testing Project (MDTP) Algebra Readiness Test; (5) the MDTP Elementary Algebra Test; (6) the MDTP Intermediate Algebra Test; and (7) the MDTP Pre-Calculus Test. For the APS tests and the CELSA, mid-term instructor perceptions of student ability were used as the sole measure of student success. For the MDTP tests, final course grades were used to measure student success. Each of the reports presents data, discussion, and conclusions. Memoranda relating to the predictive validity studies are appended. (PAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: College of the Canyons, Valencia, CA. Office of Institutional Development.