Assessing Basic Academic Skills in Higher Education: The Texas Approach

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programs, thus eliminating some local testing. For another, the benefits to the individual student are expected to compensate for the disadvantage of taking another test. This was the case in New Jersey and Florida, and we can expect our students to react similarly. In any event, frequent testing is an accepted and integral part of our educational system.

We believe that the program outlined in these recommendations is the most effective way of dealing with basic skills deficiencies among college students. Though we recognize the rights of institutions and governing boards to develop curricula and instructional policies, the critical need to identify and instruct these students is so great that it demands a statewide solution. We cannot afford another generation of failure.


References

Academic preparation for college: What students need to know and be able to do. ( 1983) New York: The College Board.

Blankmeyer E. ( 1986) Remedial courses in higher education in Texas: An outline of benefits and costs. Unpublished manuscript, Southwest Texas State University, Department of Finance and Economics, San Marcos.

Boylan H. R. Is developmental education really working--An analysis of the research. ( 1983) Chicago: National Association for Developmental Education.

Kulik C. C., Kulik J. H. and Shwalb B. J. ( 1983) "College programs for high-risk and disadvantaged students: A meta analysis of findings". Review of Educational Research.

The National Commission on Excellence in Education. ( 1983) A nation at risk: The imperative for educational reform. Washington, D.C.: Department of Education.

New Jersey Basic Skills Council. Effectiveness of remedial programs in New Jersey public colleges and universities: Fall 1982-spring 1984. Newark: Department of Education.

On further examination: Report of the advisory panel on the Scholastic Aptitude Test score decline. ( 1977) New York: The College Entrance Examination Board.

Southern Regional Education Board. ( 1985) Access to quality undergraduate education. Atlanta, GA: Southern Regional Education Board.

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