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ERIC Number: ED500764
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar-26
Pages: 19
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 44
Measuring the Alignment of High School and Community College Math Assessments
Shelton, Alison R.; Brown, Richard S.
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York City, NY, Mar 24-28, 2008)
More than 60% of all community college students are placed into remedial, non-credit bearing courses. Concerns over the lack of articulation across the K-12 and postsecondary educational systems have led to concerns over whether students have had the opportunity to learn and demonstrate the skills required for success in college level classes. To measure the degree to which the expectations across these systems are consistent, the degree of alignment between the examinations at these two levels was explored. The California Community College placement test content was compared to the high school level California Standards Tests in General Mathematics, Algebra 1 and Geometry. Only the General Mathematics was aligned across a substantial number of standards. Taking into consideration past studies, it appears that the major source of misalignment between the two testing systems occurs within the content areas of Integers and Rationals, Trigonometry and Graphing. (Contains 4 tables.)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California