ERIC Number: ED105335
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
A New Look at the High School Record as a Source of Information for Predicting College Achievement. Final Report.
Judy, Chester J.
It has generally been shown that the high school record is the best single predictor of college-level achievement, and that the most valid predictors accrue when high school record information is given more weight than selection-test scores in admissions decisions. In actual admissions practice, however, test scores are often given the most effective weight. In the first part of this report, four main points are made in connection with past studies on college admissions. Results from a study carried out in Texas by the authors is reported in which the focus of attention was on standards and policies that govern admission to post-secondary education. It was found that exclusive use of either a high school grade-point-average or a high school rank did not provide optimum prediction of college grades. The authors concluded that in making college admissions decisions and recommendations, it is generally best to use a carefully obtained high school rank in conjunction with an empirically developed high school transcript score in the prediction of college achievement. In the presence of these two indexes, used jointly, selection test scores become redundant. (Author/PC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A