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ERIC Number: EJ787339
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jan
Pages: 16
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-0018-1498
Effect of High School Course-Taking and Grades on Passing a College Placement Test
Roth, Jeffrey; Crans, Gerald G.; Carter, Randy L.; Ariet, Mario; Resnick, Michael B.
High School Journal, v84 n2 p72-87 Dec 2000-Jan 2001
Transcripts of 19,736 students who consecutively attended Florida high schools for four years and graduated in the spring of 1994 were analyzed to determine how course choice, grades, tenth grade standardized test score results, race, and gender affected performance on a computerized placement test (CPT) administered upon entry to community college in the fall of 1994. A High School Performance (HSP) variable for math and English was constructed to account for differences in number of courses completed, degree of course difficulty, and course grade. Math and English HSP, 4-year cumulative grade point average (GPA), percentile rank on Grade Ten Assessment Test (GTAT) in math and reading, race and gender all had significant effects on the probability of passing the CPT. Math HSP had a larger positive effect on passing the Math CPT than GPA or GTAT. This was not the case for the Reading or Writing CPT subtests where GTAT had the larger effect and the magnitude of English HSP and GPA was about equal. Students can raise the probability of passing the Math CPT if they take more difficult math courses in high school, even at the expense of lowering their GPA. (Contains 5 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 10; High Schools; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida