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ERIC Number: EJ974627
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Feb
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 103
ISSN: ISSN-0034-527X
Placement of Students into First-Year Writing Courses
Elliot, Norbert; Deess, Perry; Rudniy, Alex; Joshi, Kamal
Research in the Teaching of English, v46 n3 p285-313 Feb 2012
The purpose of the present study is to examine concurrent and predictive evidence used in the validation of ACCUPLACER, a purchased test used to place first-year students into writing courses at an urban, public research university devoted to science and technology education. Concurrent evidence was determined by correlations between ACCUPLACER scores and scores on two other tests designed to measure writing ability: the New Jersey Basic Skills Placement Test and the SAT Writing Section. Predictive evidence was determined by coefficients of determination between ACCUPLACER scores and end-of-semester performance measures. A longitudinal study was also conducted to investigate the grade history of students placed into first-year writing by established and new methods. When analyzed in terms of gender and ethnicity impact, ACCUPLACER failed to achieve statistically significant prediction rates for student performance. The study reveals some limits of placement testing and the problems related to it. (Contains 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: New Jersey College Basic Skills Placement Test; SAT (College Admission Test)