Exploring the link between Literacy and Numeracy Assessment Tool (LNAT) performance and module completion, with specific reference to Māori, Pasifika, New Zealand Pākeha and other ethnicities at Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec) for the period 2012-2014

Greyling, Willfred (2015) Exploring the link between Literacy and Numeracy Assessment Tool (LNAT) performance and module completion, with specific reference to Māori, Pasifika, New Zealand Pākeha and other ethnicities at Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec) for the period 2012-2014. Wintec/TEC report, 31 September 2015. (Unpublished)

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This report explores the link between Literacy and Numeracy Assessment Tool (LNAT) scores on reading and numeracy on the one hand, and module (course) completions on the other. At first we explored a binary variable (with two levels, namely, Pass =1 and Fail = 0), but we soon discovered that a wide range of success could be seen in module completions, with a range of success from 1% to 99% of modules completed. This prompted us to categorize module (course) completions into 6 levels of success. Once again we cross tabulated categorical variables linking LNAT data (step, gender, English as a first language, and ethnicities) with Module Completion categories (for both binary and multinomial [6 levels]) to show how the four ethnicities fared. We found that threshold level scores on reading and numeracy assessments were not a guarantee of success. A significant group of learners who obtained threshold level scores, did not complete their courses successfully. We recommend that SDR data reflect categories of success. We also recommend that an interface between institutes’ student management systems and the LNAT website be established, and that systems tracking ALL learners’ success be developed. Above all, we want to illustrate the usefulness of cross-tabulations and bar charts to make sense of learners’ LN performance in relation to module (course) completions. Our main point is that these views of LN performance and SDR data files are currently unavailable. These views require significant data-processing and data-matching actions for the sector to create them.

Item Type:Report
Keywords that describe the item:LN assessment scores, module completions, LNAT, Maori, Pasifika, New Zealand, Wintec, Waikato Institute of Technology, Pakeha
Subjects:L Education > LC Special aspects of education
Divisions:Schools > Centre for Foundation Studies
ID Code:3912
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Deposited On:12 Oct 2015 04:02
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