ERIC Number: ED381186
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Sep-29
Reference Count: N/A
Multiple Measures in Placement Recommendations: An Examination of Variables Related to Course Success.
Lewallen, Willard Clark
A study was conducted at Antelope Valley College in California to explore the use of multiple measures in placement recommendations by examining variables potentially associated with success in writing, reading, and math courses. The study sample was all students who were assessed and enrolled in reading and writing courses in fall 1990, spring 1991, fall 1992, and spring 1993; and students enrolled in math courses in fall 1993 and spring 1994. Variables examined for their relationship with course success were age, high school grade point average (GPA), high school completion status, recency of formal schooling, years of high school English, grade in last English and math classes, highest level math class completed, recency of last math class, units planned and work hours planned. Chi-square analyses indicated that: (1) for writing courses, grade in last English class, units planned, and recency of schooling were strongly associated with success; (2) for reading courses, years of high school English, work hours planned, and recency of schooling were strongly associated with success; and (3) for math courses, success was strongly associated with high school grade point average, highest math class completed, grade in last math class, units planned, and recency of schooling. A number of cases were examined to measure the impact of multiple measures on placement recommendations, revealing that the majority of impact from this weighting falls on borderline scores. Though multiple measures are applied at the front end of the process, placement recommendations can be appealed through the prerequisite challenge process. (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Antelope Valley Coll., Lancaster, CA.