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ERIC Number: ED538603
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar-14
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Standardized Tests and Grades. Research Brief
Muir, Mike
Education Partnerships, Inc.
There is decades of research on the correlation between grades and standardized test scores. Much of what the author accessed was published in the 70s and 80s, partly because a scare around "the declining American SAT score" led to an examination of the tests (the drop can easily be explained by the fact that many students who might not have considered college in the past are now applying to and attending college). For traditional, Caucasian college students, there seems to be a strong correlation between SAT scores and high school grades and between SAT scores and college freshman grades. High school grades are actually a stronger predictor of college freshman grades, than the SAT alone, but the combination of high school grades and SAT score are a stronger predictor of college freshman grades than either alone. SAT scores are a poor predictor of college freshman grades for non-traditional students (students who return to college later in life, perhaps after a career or raising a family). SATs are also not valid for predicting college performance for African American students. SATs are not good at predicting the nonacademic factors that lead to persistence in college or success in life, and should only be considered predictors of performance in freshman year for traditional college students. (Contains 7 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Partnerships, Inc. (EPI)
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: SAT (College Admission Test)