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Remediation and performance in standardized testing: Accuplacer preparation and placement outcomes at a large community college

Mcintosh, Dwayne E (2018) Remediation and performance in standardized testing: Accuplacer preparation and placement outcomes at a large community college. Doctoral thesis, Northern Arizona University.

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This dissertation examines the efficacy of a remedial education program on placement outcomes. Specifically, it asks whether exposure to a Preparing for ACCUPLACER Workshop in a large community college system impacts placement outcomes for students who have attended the workshop. While focused on a narrower pilot program, this question is answered within the broader theoretical context of the relevance of preparatory programs on performance on standardized tests, a locus that enjoys a long tradition of scholarship in education research. That is, do preparatory programs improve performance on standardized tests? Beyond this theoretical imperative, the research is also relevant to the question of educational access. Students who cannot score high enough on standardized tests but are placed in regular classes may encounter motivational problems, which may imperil perseverance and retention, and lead to school dropout. The dissertation explores the impact of test preparation by examining preparation in conjunction with other demographic and foundational factors known to impact performance, such as ethnicity, gender, grade point average (GPA), socioeconomic status (SES), age, and quality of school.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Publisher’s Statement: © Copyright is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the Cline Library, Northern Arizona University. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Keywords: standardized testing; community college; test preparation;
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
NAU Depositing Author Academic Status: Student
Department/Unit: Graduate College > Theses and Dissertations
College of Education > Educational Leadership
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2018 18:55
URI: http://openknowledge.nau.edu/id/eprint/5303

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