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Who can give me information on the "acuplacer?"  what is it?  how does it
function?  thanks-
helen sabin
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Marcy Porter wrote:

> Our community college has a somewhat unique requirement in that students are
> placed in what is called Guided Studies until they bring their reading,
> writing or math scores up to an acceptable level.
> While in Guided Studied they are not able to take many other classes on
> campus.
>  We use the Accuplacer for placement in the appropriate levels of classes.
>
> Scores from 36-59 on the reading portion of the test place students in
> Guided Studies.
> Scores from 31-64 on the writing portion of the test place the students in
> G.S.
>
> These students are probably functioning at the jr high level. We are trying
> to stay away from grade equivalencies so it is hard to say exactly what the
> scores mean!
>
> Math is not my area and the scores are more complicated!
>
> I hope this helps.
>
> Marcy Porter
> Mt Hood Community College
> Gresham, OR.
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: sandy swan [SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
> > Sent: Friday, October 01, 1999 7:07 AM
> > To:   [log in to unmask]
> > Subject:      Re: Cut-off scores and admissions.
> >
> > > I missed this discussion while on vacation, but we too are very
> > interested in this
> > > topic.
> >
> > We have students enrolling who do not have basic literacy skills.  Our
> > question is
> > how low of a grade level do we offer curriculum for?  Do we have them
> > enroll in the
> > curriculum we have designed when we know they can't meet that level or
> > do we adjust
> > to fit student needs or do we simply set a cut-off level for enrolling?
> >
> > Another related question:  What test or screening do you use?
> > We have a particular issue for people at or below 4th grade reading
> > level.  We use
> > Nelson-Denny (G & H) as our standard reading placement instrument but
> > whether a
> > student misses 15/38 (for a raw score of 30) or  every single question,
> > it still
> > gives a GE of 4.1.
> > We have also found that even using the extended time administration that
> > many
> > students can't complete all the items (especially ESL students) and
> > their GEs come
> > out too low.
> >
> > >
> > >
> > > On Mon, 9 Aug 1999, Marge Nikpourfard wrote:
> > >
> > > > We would like to write an academic policy to add strength to our
> > academic
> > > > program.  We are finding more and more students enrolling in
> > developmental
> > > > courses who do not have the ability to matriculate.  If any of your
> > > > institutions have a policy that establishes a mimimum score on
> > placement
> > > > tests etc., would you please share?  I am particularly interested in
> > public
> > > > community college policies.  If you do have such a policy, what
> > options
> > > > caan you present to those who would be denied admission?  Thanks for
> > your help.
> > > > Marge Nikpourfard
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