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ERIC Number: ED539918
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Nov
Pages: 116
Abstractor: ERIC
Tests and Cut Scores Used for Student Placement in Postsecondary Education: Fall 2011
Fields, Ray; Parsad, Basmat
National Assessment Governing Board
The National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB) oversees and sets policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Since 1969, NAEP has provided information to the public on the achievement of the nation's elementary and secondary students at grades 4, 8, and 12. As the only continuing measure of student achievement at grade 12, NAEP is uniquely positioned to report on the academic preparedness of 12th graders for college and job training. To transform NAEP into a valid indicator of 12th grade academic preparedness, NAGB is conducting a comprehensive program of research. The fall 2011 survey of postsecondary education institutions' use of tests and cut scores in college placement is one component of this larger research program. The survey's central two-part research question is: (1) Which national standardized tests are used by postsecondary education institutions to determine the need of entry-level students for remedial/developmental instruction in reading or mathematics?; and (2) What are the cut scores on those national standardized tests below which students are deemed to need remedial/developmental instruction in reading or mathematics and at or above which students would be just academically qualified for entry-level credit-bearing college courses? NAGB contracted with Westat to conduct the survey with a nationally representative sample of 2-year and 4-year public and private (both for-profit and not-for-profit) postsecondary education institutions. Slightly different survey forms were developed for 2-year and 4-year institutions. In August 2011, Westat contacted the office of the president at each sampled institution to identify the appropriate respondent and sent survey materials to these individuals. Follow-up for survey recruitment, nonresponse, and data clarification was conducted via telephone and email by experienced interviewers from September 2011 through January 2012. Appended are: (1) Westat Technical Report; (2) Standard Error Tables; and (3) Additional Tables. (Contains 26 tables and 11 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 12; Grade 4; Grade 8; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Assessment Governing Board; Westat, Inc.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
IES Cited: ED565798