ERIC Number: ED425781
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jan-9
Reference Count: N/A
Using Computer Adaptive Testing and Multiple Measures To Ensure That Students Are Placed in Courses Appropriate for Their Skills .
Gordon, Ronald J.
This paper recounts the use of a computerized multiple-measures placement model at Yuba College in Marysville, California. Yuba began using computerized placement tests in 1994, based on suggestions from faculty and student assessment staff. Two years later, a set of multiple measures criteria, consisting mainly of self-reported high school history was selected to weigh scores in placement recommendations. In spring 1997, new placement criteria were implemented for students testing for fall enrollment, and all placement recommendations were made by the computerized system. By fall 1997, student success among those placed by the test was above 70% in many basic skills courses. The placement accuracy ratio increased to more than .80. Conclusions of this pilot study show that carefully selected multiple measures applied by a computer to course placement significantly increases placement accuracy. Students whose placements were adjusted through the use of behavioral and historical characteristics were more accurately placed and succeeded at a higher rate than students placed on the basis of test scores alone, and at a much higher rate than those placed by subjective application of undefined multiple measures by counselors. Attached are a cover memo to faculty, and faculty and student surveys. (AS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Yuba Community Coll. District, Marysville, CA.