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					MCAS and Accuplacer



           Lois Martin
    Professor of Mathematics
  Massasoit Community College
         June 18, 2008
     Why this Project?

• Richard Bisk study, Worcester State

• Math Alignment Task Force
                                                                  Worcester Study
                                                                                   Accuplacer scores by MCAS scores


                                                                                100%


                                                                                 90%


                                                                                 80%
Percentage Accuplacer score (failing=0, marginally passing = 1,




                                                                                 70%


                                                                                 60%
                                                                                                                      Accuplacer 0
                                                                  passing =2)




                                                                                 50%                                  Accuplacer 1

                                                                                                                      Accuplacer 2
                                                                                 40%


                                                                                 30%


                                                                                 20%


                                                                                 10%


                                                                                  0%
Math Alignment Task Force
     MATHEMATICS ALIGNMENT TASK FORCE
             through support of the
  University of Massachusetts President’s Office
                    July 2001

• Task Force recommends that the Board of
  Higher Education not make a policy decision to
  accept achievement at specified MCAS
  performance levels for placement of students
  into college mathematics courses.
    Task Force Observations
• Since MCAS is a 10th grade test, it might be two years or more
  before a student takes a college mathematics course after
  he/she passes the test. If no additional mathematics is taken,
  retention of the core knowledge and skills might change
  significantly during this period such that placement is no longer
  accurate.

• Passing MCAS in 10th grade might encourage some students not
  to take a mathematics course during their final years of high
  school. Every effort must be made to ensure that students build
  on their mathematical abilities and not lose mathematical
  competency prior to entering higher education.
     The Project Begins


• How to get the MCAS Scores

  – Bisk Model

  – Idea from Leanna Russell
        The Population

• Students who took the Accuplacer
  Mathematics test at Massasoit
  Community College during summer
  2007
  The Population and The
         Sample
• Original list: 2407
• Minus duplicates: 2135
• Minus foreign schools: 2060
• Minus no school listed: 2009
• Minus GED: 1875
• Minus privates and small: 1122
     Getting the Releases

• Spent much of fall semester
  tracking down students

• Thanks to Math department for
  assistance
     Deciding on the Sample
•   Abington              •   Rockland
•   Blue Hills Regional   •   Southeastern Regional
•   Bridgewater-Raynham   •   Silver Lake Regional
•   Braintree             •   South Shore Voc
•   Brockton              •   Stoughton
•   Canton                •   Weymouth
•   East Bridgewater      •   Whitman-Hanson
•   Middleborough
•   Randolph
          Sample Size



• n=533

• This is NOT a random sample!
   Contacting the Schools

• Letter to Superintendents
• Follow-up phone calls
• Different experiences
• Renewal of acquaintances
Score to Score Correlations

• Placement via Arithmetic Test
     r=.538

• Placement via Elementary Algebra
  Test
     r=.514
          MCAS to Accuplacer
    250

N
u            3
m           27
    200
b
e
r           45

    150                                                                >260
o
                                                                       240-258
f
                                                                       230-238
                                      17
S                                                                      220-228
    100
t                                                                      <220
            126        5
u                                     52
d                     35
e    50
n                     19              28
t                                                    10

s                     29                             23
            21                        25                       10
      0                2                              3
                                                      1        1
                                                               3
          MATH010   MATH101        MATH112          82-100   101-120
                              Massasoit Placement
          Accuplacer to MCAS
    200
N
u 180              1
m                  25
b 160
e
    140            29
r                                      1

                                       23
    120                                               101-120
o
f                                                     82-100
    100
                             3                        MATH112
                             3
                                       52
S    80                                               MATH101
                             28
t
                                                      MATH010
u    60           126
                             19
d
                                       35
e    40                                         10
n                                               10
     20    2                 45
t                                               17
                                       27
s          21
                                                5
      0                                         3
          <220   220-228   230-238   240-258   >260
                            MCAS
     What Does It Mean?

• Do the results confirm the Bisk
  conclusions?

• Why do students who pass MCAS
  place into developmental courses?
 What are the Implications?

• Should Accuplacer be given in the
  high schools?
• Should schools require math in the
  senior year?
• Should the colleges change their
  placement test?
    DHE School to College
          Report
• Among students who passed the
  10th grade Mathematics MCAS test
  at the needs improvement level, 50
  percent enrolled in developmental
  math, as opposed to 20 percent of
  students who passed at the
  proficient level and 4 percent at the
  advanced level.
This Sample
    More from the Report

• Students who scored needs
 improvement on the 10thgrade
 mathematics or English language
 arts (ELA) MCAS test were more
 likely to enroll in a developmental
 course than students who scored
 proficient or advanced.
This Sample
       Can We Draw Any
         Conclusions?
• The sample was not random, so any
  conclusions are for the sample only.
• There are clear patterns.
• Too many students who pass MCAS
  place into developmental
  mathematics courses.
           Thank You

• To the many colleagues who helped
  me with this project
• To the Superintendents who
  provided the necessary data
• To Eileen Lee and Shelley Tinkham
  who gave me the opportunity to
  share this information today.
      Contact Me


         Lois Martin
  Professor of Mathematics
Massasoit Community College

Lmartin@massasoit.mass.edu

				
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