ERIC Number: ED248219
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
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Are Teaching Certification Graduates "Bottom of the Barrel?": Exploring the Evidence and Exploding the Myth.
Barger, Jo; Barger, Robert N.
Teaching certification graduates in the years 1982 and 1983 performed as well as or better than non-teaching certification graduates of the same years when measured by either the cumulative grade point average (CGPA) or the upper division major grade point average (UGPA). However, teaching certification graduates were one or two points weaker than non-teaching certification graduates in academic potential for college work as measured by the composite American College Test (ACT) score and the high school percentile rank. They were not, however, as low as the national studies suggest. Indicators of actual academic success in college (the CGPA and the UGPA) show that teaching certification graduates performed slightly better than their non-teaching counterparts. The national studies have concentrated on those who expressed an interest in entering a teaching certification program. However, this population may never have actually entered a teaching certification program, or if they did enter one, they may have changed their field of study before graduation. Data supporting these conclusions are displayed in tabular format. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: ACT Assessment