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ERIC Number: ED029626
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jan
Pages: 37
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The Efficiency of the American College Testing Program and High School Grades for Predicting the Achievement of Chesapeake College Students.
Black, Hubert P.
To determine how well certain factors would predict academic achievement, 97 freshmen and 48 sophomores, all full-time 1968-69 students, were tested. The factors were (1) high school GPA, (2) American College Testing (ACT) English test, (3) ACT math portion, (4) ACT social studies portion, (5) ACT natural science portion. The criterion of achievement was freshman and sophomore GPA. Efficiency of the predictor variables was determined by (1) choice of predictor technique (multiple regression equation), (2) obtaining the five prognostic and the one criterion measure for the students, (3) deriving the equation to use on the try-out population, (4) analyzing the difference between the predicted and actual GPA, and (5) determining any relationship between GPA and withdrawals, probations, or dismissals. The equation used to predict the first-semester GPAs, the relative weight of each factor, and the equation efficiency percentages are given. The same equation, used to identify withdrawals, probations, and dismissals succeeded for 16%, 65%, and 42% respectively. It also succeeded in predicting at least 60% of the GPAs for both freshmen and sophomores within plus or minus one standard error. It also identified 66% of the probations and 40% of the dismissals. The conclusion is that these factors, especially high school GPA and ACT English test, predict fairly accurately both academic achievement and dropout potential. Four implications and a suggestion for further study are given. (HH)
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Identifiers: ACT Assessment