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ERIC Number: ED442484
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
The Effectiveness of the Mathematics (100/110) Placement Test (1983-1984).
Siadat, Mohammad Vali; Callahan, Thomas
The need for a mathematics placement test was acknowledged because a number of students registered in introductory algebra (Math 110) were struggling with problems involving only arithmetic operations. A placement test was selected with the intention to effectively detect students with arithmetic deficiencies and place them in a remedial mathematics class that would be called Mathematics 100. At the beginning of fall semester 1983, most of the Mathematics 110 teachers administered the Mathematics (100/110) Placement Test to 150 students. The scores were recorded and kept. The idea was to monitor the students and compare their course performance with their placement test scores. The purpose of this paper is to describe how the data was organized, analyzed, and interpreted. It was found that 83% of the students who scored at or above a 44 on the placement test received a grade of C or better in Mathematics 110, compared with 46% of those who scored below 44. In light of the data and analysis presented in this report, the use of the placement test is warranted. Clearly, with its use, students can be placed much more effectively in Mathematics 100 and Mathematics 110. Its continued use will alleviate much frustration on the part of the students and teachers. (VWC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A