ERIC Number: ED360018
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-May-19
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Placement Testing and Student Success: The First Intervening Variable.
Sturtz, Alan J.; McCarroll, Judith A.
In Connecticut, the Board of Trustees for Community-Technical Colleges mandated the assessment and placement of entering community college students, adopting the New Jersey College Basic Skills Placement Test (NJCBSPT) for a systemwide pilot test beginning in spring 1989. At (then) South Central Community College, a study was conducted to determine whether students who followed placement recommendations had higher success rates than those who enrolled in higher level courses; and whether students who were successful in basic skills courses enrolled in and successfully completed college-level English and math courses in greater percentages than students who did not follow the recommendations. Study findings, based on the fall 1990 NJCBSPT scores of 804 students, included the following: (1) 71% of the 702 students who took the math test placed in Basic Math I, 25.5% placed in Basic Math II, and 3.4% placed in College Math; (2) 45.5% of the 673 students who took the English tests placed in Basic English, and 54.5% in English Composition; (3) 63% of those recommended for Basic Math I, 79.3% of those recommended for Basic Math II, and 72.0% of those recommended for Basic English completed the remedial courses successfully; (4) 60% of those recommended for Basic Math I but who took Basic Math II were successful, as were 67% of those recommended for Basic Math II but who took College Math, and 68% of those who were recommended for Basic English but who enrolled in English Composition; and (5) among students who took the NJCBSPT prior to enrolling in fall 1990, only 23.8% were still enrolled in spring 1993. (MAB)
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: New Jersey College Basic Skills Placement Test