ERIC Number: ED546849
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
Validity Evidence for ACT Compass® Placement Tests. ACT Research Report Series 2014 (2)
Westrick, Paul A.; Allen, Jeff
We examined the validity of using Compass® test scores and high school grade point average (GPA) for placing students in first-year college courses and for identifying students at risk of not succeeding. Consistent with other research, the combination of high school GPA and Compass scores performed better than either measure used alone. Results also indicate that, relative to Compass scores, the predictive strength of high school GPA decays with student age. We recommend using multiple measures for making course placement decisions and identifying students for intervention. The following three tables are appended: (1) Estimated Variances across Institutions of Standardized Logistic Regression Coefficients in the Single-Predictor Models; (2) Estimated Variances across Institutions of Standardized Logistic Regression Coefficients in the Two-Predictor Models; and (3) Estimated Unstandardized Logistic Regression Fixed-Effects Coefficients.
Descriptors: Grade Point Average, College Readiness, College Entrance Examinations, Computer Assisted Testing, Student Placement, College Admission, Measures (Individuals), At Risk Students, Intervention, High School Students, College Bound Students, Models, Regression (Statistics), Probability, Accuracy, Evidence
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: ACT, Inc.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: ACT Assessment; COMPASS (Computer Assisted Test)