ERIC Number: ED189943
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Measures and Predictors of Educational Growth with Four Years of College. AIR Forum 1980 Paper.
Dumont, Richard G.; Troelstrup, Richard L.
Use of the American College Testing (ACT) Program assessment battery for the measurement of student growth at a regional state university is described. A stratified random sample of 112 seniors at Tennessee Technological University was given the residual form of the ACT Assessment battery for comparison with their pre-college ACT test performance. Comparison is also made with a previous study that examined educational growth after two years of college. Other quantitative predictors of educational growth were examined that might reflect the quality of educational exposure. Number of courses in a subject, number of quarter hours in a subject, and number of quality points in a subject were found to be poorer predictors than grade point average. It is suggested that while the ACT entrance exam appeared to be a useful measure of educational growth, there were some problems in terms of ceiling effects with the ACT standard scores. (Author/SW)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Aptitude Tests, College Entrance Examinations, College Seniors, College Students, Educational Assessment, Grade Point Average, Higher Education, Outcomes of Education, Predictive Measurement, Predictor Variables, Pretests Posttests, Standardized Tests, State Colleges, Student Development, Student Improvement
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: AIR Forum 1980; American College Testing Program
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (20th, Atlanta, GA, April 27-May 1, 1980).