ERIC Number: ED452939
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Dec-15
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Average Scores for 1996-97 FTIC Students Failing the CPT by Ethnicity. Data Trend 09.
Florida State Board of Community Colleges, Tallahassee.
This document describes a study undertaken by Florida community colleges to analyze student reading rates, which currently vary by ethnicity. To assess this concept, median scores for students who failed the College Placement Test (CPT) were compared between different ethic backgrounds across all Florida community colleges. All areas of the CPT were examined (math, reading, and writing). It was hypothesized that a large variation in scores would contribute to unequal exit rates of different ethnic groups. For reading and writing, whites were found to obtain the highest median scores (61 and 65, respectively), with Hispanics (57 and 61) and American Indians (56 and 61) both coming in second. Blacks (53 and 57) fell third in the list and Asians (50 and 53) scored lowest in these two areas. The scores for math were quite different. Asians (32) came out on top, followed by Hispanics (31), then whites, blacks and American Indians (all 29). Differences in CPT scores provide some reasons as to why reading rates may be so different. Other factors that should be considered include student employment, family obligations, financial aid, and full- or part-time status. (CJW)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida State Board of Community Colleges, Tallahassee.