ERIC Number: ED374857
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Validating Placement Rules for the APS Reading Test.
College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita, CA.
A study was conducted to determine how best to use APS Reading Test scores for making English placement recommendations for students at College of the Canyons (COC) in Santa Clarita, California. The primary method used to establish cut scores involves comparing success rates for contrasting groups over a range of scores. The contrasting groups are defined as successful students who earned grades of A, B, C and CR; and unsuccessful students earning grades of D, F, NC or withdrawal. The study population included 213 students from spring 1993, fall 1993 or spring 1994 enrolled in English 010 (N=15), English 034 (N=88), English 080 (N=70), or English 101 (N=40). The students were first-time college students that had taken the APS Reading Test just prior to enrolling in English. Scatter diagrams were prepared to illustrate the relationship between test scores and success in each target class. The scattergrams provide an initial basis for establishing trial cut scores to minimize placement errors. The findings of the study validated the use of the APS Reading Test to support placement decisions for students entering English 034, 080 and 101. Use of the test together with proposed placement rules could increase the rate of correct placement over the base rate by 9.1% for English 034, and 2.6% for English 101. (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita, CA.