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ERIC Number: ED366394
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jan
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
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Preparedness of High School Graduates for College: A Statewide Look at Basic Skills Tests Results for 1990-91. Information Capsule No. 93-01C.
Belcher, Marcia J.
In Florida, community colleges are required to report their entry-level basic skills testing results to the public school system in their service area. Miami-Dade Community College (M-DCC) has been reporting that approximately 60% of Dade County Public School (DCPS) graduates cannot pass basic skills tests in math, writing, and reading. DCPS has replied, however, that M-DCC mainly enrolls students who never planned to attend college and therefore did not follow the college track in high school. They felt their college-prepared students were attending universities and therefore not part of M-DCC's sample. Recently, however, university and community college data have been combined for each district. Results show that 46% of Dade County graduates scored above the cut in all areas compared to 63% of graduates statewide. Students had the most difficulty passing the mathematics test and found the reading and writing tests about equally difficult. Of students taking entry-level placement tests at M-DCC, 36% were ready for college in all areas, 10 percentage points below that for the school system as a whole. Statewide, less than half of the Black and Hispanic high school graduates passed the three basic skills tests compared to 70% of White non-Hispanic and Asian graduates. The largest statewide difference for males and females was a four percentage point spread in math, with males passing at a higher rate. (AC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Miami-Dade Community Coll., FL. Office of Institutional Research.
Identifiers - Location: Florida