ERIC Number: ED230520
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
ACT Scores and Selective Admissions: An Exploratory Look at Some One-Time Data.
Watkins, J. Foster; Stanford, Ronnie L.
The impact of admission criteria to teacher education programs in Alabama and the impact of a recently established exit examination required for certification were examined. Current admission criteria included: (1) completion of 60 semester hours of the approved general studies program with a grade point average (GPA) of at least 1.2 on a 3.0 scale; (2) a minimum score of 70 on the Alabama English Language Proficiency Test; and (3) a minimum score of 16 on the American College Test (ACT). Students must also make formal written application, complete interviews with faculty, and have pre-professional laboratory experiences designed to aid in making career decisions. Certification depends upon successfully completing the program and passing the Alabama Initial Teacher Certification Test (AITCT) which includes a Basic Professional Studies Test (BP) and a Teaching Field Test (TF). An analysis of correlational relationships among ACT scores, GPA, and the BP and TF portions of the AITCT, based on a sample of 150 graduates, raised questions regarding reliance on a norm-referenced measure such as the ACT for making admission, retention, and certification decisions at any of the several decision points in the process of teacher education. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: ACT Assessment; Alabama
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference of the Association of Teacher Educators (Orlando, FL, January 30-February 2, 1983).