ERIC Number: ED481320
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Aug-13
Reference Count: N/A
An Assessment of Standardized Accuplacer Placement Scores for College English in the Connecticut Community-Technical College System.
Coperthwaite, Corby A.; Ritchie, William F.
This document examines the possible impact of a proposed standardization of placement scores for college English throughout the Connecticut Community College system. The 12 Connecticut community colleges use Accuplacer for placement into college English. Each college, however, uses different placement cut-off scores, and has varying structures of developmental education in place at each school. A recommendation was made to implement a common placement standard across the system. This study assesses what the impact of the proposed standard would have been on new and transfer students enrolled in English Composition and Developmental English during the Fall 2001 term. The sample included 371 English Composition students and 1,188 Developmental English students. Because not all colleges differentiated between new students and new transfer students, the study used both groups in their analysis. Results indicated that the proposed cut scores would not have impacted the cohort of Developmental English students. However, the proposed cut scores would have impacted the placement of English Composition students considerably and suggests, based on limited data, that the proposed cut scores be reconsidered. Finally, the findings and the limitations of the study are discussed. (Contains 11 tables.) (JS)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Community Colleges, Educational Testing, School Readiness, State Standards, Student Placement, Student Promotion, Test Use, Two Year Colleges
For full text: http://tunxis.commnet.edu/ir/Surveys/CCCS_Basic_Skills_Report.pdf.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Connecticut Community Coll. System, Hartford.