ERIC Number: ED244997
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Early Identification of High Performers.
McGrew, Jean B.; And Others
The principal purpose of this project was to find what, if any, early indicators exist to identify incoming students whose academic performance in high school would be high. The corollary objective was to consider what types of intervention strategies might be designed to assure that students so identified would fulfill their early promise. An initial list of 33 possible early predictors was developed, including Comprehensive Tests of Basic Skills scores, intelligence test scores, number of semesters in accelerated classes, and record of absence. Six hundred high-performing students in the Glenbrook (Illinois) High Schools were sampled for this study. The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) score was the criterion measure. The best predictors of PSAT verbal scores were mid-eighth-grade measures of reading comprehension, vocabulary, and verbal IQ; the best predictors of PSAT quantitative scores were math computation, math concepts, math applications, and non-verbal IQ. Based on these results, it is recommended that Glenbrook choose a more difficult predictor test; it is also suggested that the most productive approach to intervention would be to identify students predicted to be highest in one area and intervene in the weaker area. (BW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Comprehensive Tests of Basic Skills; Illinois (Glenbrook); National Merit Scholars; Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (68th, New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).