The national counterpart to MI AIR, the Association for Institutional Research (AIR), has opened the call for proposals for the 2020 AIR Forum. This is a great opportunity to share your insights and best practices at a national level.
The primary goal of this study was to assess the validity of a standardized math test (ALEKS) as a means of math
placement. We also examined the predictive value of other measures (ACT math, SAT math, and high school GPA).
The dataset consisted of all new Washtenaw Community College students who took ALEKS in the 2017 calendar year
(n=1,290). Following the method of recent national studies, we used decision theory (Sawyer, 1989, 1996) to calculate
predicted probability of success or non-success in college level math courses. Predicted accuracy rate is the extent that
the placement test accurately assigns students to the correct course level. Accuracy rates using the criterion of C or
higher as success were low. This was primarily due to underplacement. Optimal cut scores were calculated that would
increase accuracy rates. It was also found that high school GPA was a better predictor of math course grade, first
semester college GPA, and first semester credits earned than ALEKS, ACT Math, and SAT Math scores.
Sunday, November 3rd 2019 | Steering Committee
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