Ph.D. student Jane Nazzal, Professor Carol Booth Olson, and UCIWP Director of Research Huy Chung have published in the journal of the National Council of Teachers of English, Teaching English in the Two Year College: "Writing Proficiency and Student Placement in Community College Composition Courses."
Nazzal, J. S., Olson, C. B., & Chung, H. Q. (2019). Writing proficiency and student placement in community college composition courses. Teaching English in the Two Year College, 46(4), 317-346.
Despite national efforts to accelerate students through precollegiate writing course sequences to transfer-level composition, questions persist regarding appropriate placement and the support needed for students to succeed.An analytical text-based writing assessment was administered to students across four levels of composition courses at a California community college. Differences in student writing scores between course levels and the relationship between writing score, course level, and high school GPA were examined. Key findings include (1) significant differences in average scores between the first precollegiate course and other courses in the sequence and (2) weak relationships between course level and high school GPA and assessment scores and high school GPA.