ERIC Number: ED374853
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Predictive Validity Study of the APS Reading Test.
College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita, CA.
In July 1994, College of the Canyons (COC) in California conducted several predictive validity studies of the College Board Assessment and Placement Services (APS) Reading Test. COC began using the 35-question objective format test in spring 1993. Fall 1993 test scores were used in determining the ability of the APS Reading Test to predict student success in both basic skills and college-level English courses offered at COC. Correlation coefficients were computed for each English course between the test scores and course grades with withdrawals converted to fails; and between test scores and course grades with withdrawals deleted. The median predictive validity value across all levels was .27, indicating a moderate linear relationship between test scores and course grades. This predictive validity coefficient value is below the .35 level recommended by the Chancellor's Office. In light of the myriad factors that influence grades other than placement tests, however, the obtained value of the predictive validity of the APS reading test was considered adequate to justify use of the test for placing students into reading courses at COC. Contains two references. (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita, CA.