ERIC Number: ED374141
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Mar-20
Academic Background and Admissions Test Scores as Predictors of College Mathematics Outcomes.
Keeley, Edward J.; And Others
A limited number of studies have examined the relationship between admissions test scores, academic background, and college mathematics outcomes. This study investigated the predictive relationship between high school achievement, admissions test scores, selected demographic variables, and grade performance in college mathematics for 5,212 college students. Selected types of mathematics courses meeting general education requirements were examined individually and in aggregate to determine differential predictive validity with respect to course grades. The results of this study indicated that admissions test scores and high school class rank were significant predictors of subsequent achievement in college mathematics courses. In addition, the predictive validity of test scores and class rank combined improved as the courses' prerequisites and rigor increased. The relative importance of class rank increases and the importance of test scores decreases as the courses' prerequisites and rigor increase. Six tables and two figures present study findings. (Contains 12 references.) (Author/SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Admission (School), Class Rank, College Entrance Examinations, College Mathematics, College Students, Demography, Educational Attainment, Educational Background, Grades (Scholastic), High School Students, High Schools, Higher Education, Outcomes of Education, Predictive Validity, Predictor Variables, Scores, Test Results
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Region Invitational Association for Institutional Research (Indianapolis, IN, March 20-22, 1994).