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ERIC Number: ED503174
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep-30
Pages: 43
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
Standardized Tests as Measurements of Achievement: Does the High School Assessment Program (HSAP) Measure Up?
Ray, Susan Amanda
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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to determine the correlation between HSAP scores and various measures of classroom achievement such as overall GPA, End Of Course Scores and SAT/ACT scores of Berea High School [BHS] students in the classes of 2005-2006 and 2006-2007. Methodology: The researcher collected the following data for random samples of students from each graduating class: HSAP [High School Assessment Program] Math score, HSAP English score, Overall GPA, SAT Math score, SAT Verbal score, Algebra I End of Course score, and Physical Science End of Course score. Surveys were also distributed to all current BHS teachers. These surveys were designed to determine teachers' perspectives of the HSAP as a measurement of BHS students' achievement. Results: HSAP scores correlate strongly with other measures of student achievement. While all correlations were above r = 0.5, the weakest correlations were those involving GPA. Survey results show that teachers feel uncomfortable with preparing students for the HSAP. Conclusions: The results show that the HSAP is a valid assessment of students. Recommendations: Teachers and administrators at Berea High School need to examine the causes of the weaker correlation of GPA versus HSAP scores. In addition, teachers should be trained to better prepare students for the HSAP. Further research is needed to determine whether the trends presented in the findings of this study are true over a longer period of time. Four appendixes are included: (1) Letter to Principal; (2) Survey to Teachers; (3) Expert Group; and (4) Scatter Plots. (Contains 1 figure and 8 tables.)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Carolina
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: SAT (College Admission Test)