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ERIC Number: ED364561
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB): Validity of ASVAB Form 14 for the Prediction of High School Course Grades. Interim Technical Report for Period May 1988-May 1990.
Fairbank, Benjamin A.; And Others
Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) scores and final course grades from over 8,000 high school students at 50 schools were gathered to determine the validity of ASVAB Form 14 for the prediction of high school course grades. Grades were collected for courses taken during the academic year in which students were tested on the ASVAB (1984-85) and for the following year. Eleven ASVAB high school composites were used as predictors of final course grades. The 10 ASVAB subtests were also taken together to predict final course grades using multiple regression techniques. Samples of sufficient size for analysis were available in 21 different academic areas. Overall, 112 course-by-year combinations were examined for evidence of validity. Several of the ASVAB high school composites were effective in predicting high school course grades. The three best composites were Business and Clerical, Mathematics, and the Armed Forces Qualification Test. Prediction was generally better in academic courses than in vocational courses, although there were exceptions. Validity coefficients relating predictor composite scores to final course grades ranged from insignificant values to approximately .67. The median value of the coefficient associated with the most effective predictor in each analysis was approximately .40. (Contains 18 tables and 3 appendixes of statistics and coefficients, an additional 133 tables, and 15 references.) (Author)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Air Force Human Resources Lab., Brooks AFB, TX. Manpower and Personnel Div.
Authoring Institution: Operational Technologies Corp., San Antonio, TX.
Identifiers: Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery; Composite Scores