ERIC Number: EJ886733
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
Can High School Achievement Tests Serve to Select College Students?
Cimetta, Adriana D.; D'Agostino, Jerome V.; Levin, Joel R.
Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, v29 n2 p3-12 Sum 2010
Postsecondary schools have traditionally relied on admissions tests such as the SAT and ACT to select students. With high school achievement assessments in place in many states, it is important to ascertain whether scores from those exams can either supplement or supplant conventional admissions tests. In this study we examined whether the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) high school tests could serve as a useful predictor of college performance. Stepwise regression analyses with a predetermined order of variable entry revealed that AIMS generally did not account for additional performance variation when added to high school grade-point average (HSGPA) and SAT. However, in a cohort of students that took the test for graduation purposes, AIMS did account for about the same proportion of variance as SAT when added to a model that included HSGPA. The predictive value of both SAT and AIMS was generally the same for Caucasian, Hispanic, and Asian American students. The ramifications of universities using high school achievement exams as predictors of college success, in addition to or in lieu of traditional measures, are discussed.
Descriptors: High School Students, Academic Achievement, Achievement Tests, Asian American Students, College Bound Students, Scores, College Admission, Hispanic American Students, White Students, Predictor Variables, Grade Point Average, College Entrance Examinations
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: SAT (College Admission Test)