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Wai, Jonathan; Allen, Jeff – Gifted Child Quarterly, 2019
We examined 482,418 students who took the ACT in the seventh grade and again in high school, taking an exploratory analytic approach to examine academic growth trends from 1996 to 2017. Predictors included sociodemographics, interests, high school (HS) characteristics, HS coursework and GPA, and extracurriculars, which explained 25% of the…
Descriptors: Talent Development, Predictor Variables, Achievement Gains, Secondary School Students
Marini, Jessica P.; Westrick, Paul A.; Young, Linda; Ng, Helen; Shmueli, Doron; Shaw, Emily J. – College Board, 2019
This study examines the validity of the current SAT® as a predictor of first-year academic performance and retention to the second year by student and institutional subgroups across more than 223,000 students from 171 four-year institutions. Results show that institutions can feel confident using SAT scores and HSGPA for admission, scholarship,…
Descriptors: Predictor Variables, Test Validity, Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence
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Martinez, Alina; Linkow, Tamara; Miller, Hannah; Parsad, Amanda – National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, 2018
The U.S. Department of Education tested a set of promising, low-cost advising strategies, called "Find the Fit," designed to help low-income and "first generation" students enrolled in the Department's Upward Bound program choose more selective colleges and stay in until they complete a degree. About 200 Upward Bound projects…
Descriptors: Low Income Students, First Generation College Students, College Choice, Academic Persistence
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Williams, Raunda; Smiley, Ellen; Davis, Ronnie; Lamb, Teryana – Journal of Negro Education, 2018
The purpose of this study was to examine the predictability of selected cognitive and non-cognitive factors on retention. Data was collected from 822 first-time-freshmen college students at a four-year institution of higher learning. The material was analyzed using specific predictors of Fall 2012 to Spring 2013 retention. These cognitive and…
Descriptors: Predictor Variables, School Holding Power, College Freshmen, Student College Relationship
Shi, Ying – Grantee Submission, 2018
This paper uses administrative North Carolina data linked from high school to college and national surveys to characterize the largest contributor to the STEM gender gap: engineering. Disparities are the result of differential entry during high school or earlier rather than postsecondary exit. Differences in pre-college academic preparation…
Descriptors: Females, Engineering, Professional Personnel, Gender Differences