In order to compare the performance of those students who had placed directly into ENG101 (placers) with students who had completed ENG091 in order to get into ENG101 (completers), we completed an ENG101 common assignment and assessed an equal number of each group. We used most of the EMCC Writing Rubric (Focus, Support, Organization, Language Use, and Mechanics--scale of 1 - 4.) All nine residential ENG faculty took part in the assessment on January 7, 2013 -- we particiapted in norming and then scored papers. Four faculty read each paper, and the four scores were averaged. We found that the placers out-performed the completers in every category, with tthe smallest difference being in the Mechanics category; all other categories were quite similar.
Ave. of All Papers/Ave. of Placers/Ave. of Completers
Focus: 2.58/2.77/2.39 (.38)
Support: 2.26/2.47/2.06 (.41)
Organization: 2.45/2.67/2.23 (.44)
Lang. Use: 2.46/2.64/2.27 (.38)
Mechanics: 2.48/2.62/2.35 (.27)
We plan to use this information to inform our efforts to improve ENG081/091.