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ERIC Number: ED447213
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Pages: 18
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Evaluating the Appropriateness of the SAT I for 7th and 8th Graders.
Wendler, Cathy; Ninneman, Anne; Feigenbaum, Miriam
The Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) I is designed for use with juniors and seniors in high school as part of the college admissions process. Of the nearly 3 million students who took the SAT I in 1998-1999, more than 130,000 were seventh and eighth grade students (more than 110,000 in 1997-1998). While most of these students take the SAT I as part of a talent identification program (TIP), the appropriateness of the test for these students has been questioned. Little is known about the background demographics and performance of the total group of middle school students because TIP students do not routinely provide the same level of background information as do high school students taking the SAT I, nor are their data maintained in the SAT Program files. As part of a special project, middle school students tested in 1997-1998 and 1998-1999 (242,897 students) were extracted from the SAT Program files and their performance analyzed. Differences in demographics were noted for the middle school students. For example, about 52% of the seventh and eighth graders were male, with 48% female, compared with the college bound senior cohort where about 46% are male and 54% female. Analyses also reveal that the performance of middle school students covered the entire range of SAT scale, with the majority falling within a narrow score range compared to the college bound cohort. Eighth graders outperformed seventh graders on both verbal and mathematics as evidence by substantially higher scores. In addition, the mean scores for eighth graders on mathematics were higher than those for the college bound cohort. (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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