ERIC Number: ED054738
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Jul
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The Accuracy of Self-Report Information Collected on the ACT Test Battery: High School Grades and Items of Nonacademic Achievement.
Maxey, E. James; Ormsby, Victor J.
This paper reports the accuracy with which students report their high school grades and nonacademic achievements when they write the ACT Test Battery. A sample of 5,775 student records from 134 high schools was studied. The correlations between self-reported and school-reported grades were found to range from .81 to .86. The correlations were examined separately for "overreporters," and "accurate reporters" in terms of a number of student characteristics: ability, race, sex, class rank, parents' income level, students' level of aspiration, and class size. The accuracy with which the self-reported information was collected was stable over income levels, sex, race, and size of class. Students who aspire for less than a bachelor's degree tend to overreport their grades more than students who aspire to at least a bachelor's degree. Students also tend to accurately report their nonacademic achievements. The accuracy of self-report on these items is comparable to that of high school grades, in that accuracy did not seem to vary with student background characteristics. (Author)
Descriptors: College Bound Students, Extracurricular Activities, Grades (Scholastic), Student Characteristics, Student Records
Research and Development Division, The American College Testing Program, P.O. Box 168, Iowa City, Iowa 52240 ($1.00)
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Authoring Institution: American Coll. Testing Program, Iowa City, IA. Research and Development Div.