ERIC Number: ED563083
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb-11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 3
The Relationship between SAT Scores and Retention to the Second Year: 2007 SAT Validity Sample. Statistical Report No. 2011-4
Mattern, Krista D.; Patterson, Brian F.
This report presents the findings from a replication of the analyses from the report, "Is Performance on the SAT Related to College Retention?" (Mattern & Patterson, 2009). The tables presented herein are based on the 2007 sample and the findings are largely the same as those presented in the original report, and show SAT scores are related to second-year retention. Even after controlling for student and institutional characteristics, returners had higher SAT total scores than non-returners, by an average of 116 points. This held true even within each subgroup analyzed, meaning the SAT performance gap is not due to differences in the demographic characteristics of the two groups. Also, this report finds that differences in retention rates by student subgroups are minimized and in some instances eliminated when controlling for SAT performance. This is particularly noticeable with respect to differences in retention rates by ethnicity.
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, Correlation, Academic Persistence, Academic Achievement, Scores, Predictive Validity, Predictor Variables, Statistical Analysis, Institutional Characteristics, Student Characteristics, Racial Distribution, Grade Point Average, Demography, Sample Size
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; High Schools
Authoring Institution: College Board, Office of Research and Development
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: SAT (College Admission Test)