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ERIC Number: ED125730
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Apr-22
Reference Count: N/A
Predicting Mid-Term Grades for Science Students at Perkinston.
Mann, Noel R.
In order to reduce the 35-40% dropout/failure rate in chemistry classes at the Perkinston Campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Junior College, this study sought predictors which would provide early identification of students in need of special or additional help. Using regression analysis, data accumulated from the achievement records of students over the previous two years were analyzed, including sex, ACT (American College Testing Program) composite scores, IQ scores, previous experience in high school chemistry, and mid-term grades. Sex was found to have almost no value in predicting mid-term grades. Furthermore, although students who had taken a high school chemistry course achieved higher mid-term grades than those who had not, ACT and IQ scores were found to have higher predictive value. ACT scores had the highest predictive value; IQ scores were next in value, but utilization of ACT and IQ scores together had only slightly more predictive value than ACT scores alone. On the basis of these findings, an equation was developed to be used in identifying potential dropouts. (DC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mississippi Gulf Coast Junior Coll., Perkinston.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: ACT Assessment