ERIC Number: EJ1068567
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
Does an Early College Readiness Signal Discourage College Application and Enrollment?
Jackson, Jacob S.
Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, v8 n3 p380-399 2015
States are currently seeking ways to improve alignment between K-12 and postsecondary education and better prepare students for postsecondary schooling. Some states have begun implementing policies that inform high school students that they are not ready for college-level courses well before they graduate, in order to give both notice and time to prepare. However, if the early information from these tests suggests that a student may require remedial coursework upon entry to college, the student may be discouraged from attending college. This article focuses on one state's effort to increase students' information about college readiness. Regression discontinuity design is used to determine whether a student receiving a signal that he/she needs remediation lowers the probability of that student applying to or enrolling in participating universities. Results indicate that the policy has had little to no impact on application and no impact on enrollment.
Descriptors: College Applicants, Enrollment, College Readiness, Regression (Statistics), Correlation, Remedial Instruction, Alignment (Education), Student Reaction, Academic Failure, Educational Assessment, Measures (Individuals)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: California