ERIC Number: ED412998
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-May
A Profile of MCPS Graduates and Their Performance at Montgomery College.
Larson, John C.; Garies, Ruth S.; Campbell, William E.
A joint study was undertaken by the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) and Montgomery College (MC), in Maryland, to determine the characteristics of MCPS graduates enrolled at MC and patterns in their developmental course placement. Data were collected for 13,575 MCPS graduates from 1992 and 1993 who enrolled in regular semester terms within 1 year of graduation. In addition, data on first-year outcomes were collected for 2,041 MCPS graduates who enrolled at MC in both the fall and spring terms following graduation. The study found that the MCPS graduates enrolled at MC were more likely to have received special education services and English as a Second Language instruction than MCPS graduates in general. Approximately 7% of these graduates had taken higher math and honors English courses and were not required to take any developmental math courses. However, the almost 55% who had taken only intermediate algebra and 12th-grade English had a 1-in-3 likelihood of taking a developmental course at MC, while the almost 40% who had taken no math higher than geometry and senior English courses below grade level took MC developmental math courses at a rate exceeding 90%. Finally, the mean grade point average at MC for the 1992 graduates was 2.26, compared to 2.15 for 1993 graduates, while both classes successfully completed only three-quarters of their credit hours. Recommendations for improvement and data tables are included. Contains 10 references. (BCY)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Montgomery Coll., Rockville, MD.