ERIC Number: EJ1186761
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Establishing Empirical Links between High School Assessments and College Outcomes: An Essential Requirement for College Readiness Interpretations
Fina, Anthony D.; Dunbar, Stephen B.; Welch, Catherine J.
Educational Assessment, v23 n3 p157-172 2018
As states evaluate whether they should continue with their current assessment program or adopt next-generation college readiness assessments, it is important to ascertain the degree to which current high school assessments can be used for college readiness interpretations. In this study, we examined the ability of a state assessment to serve as an indicator of college readiness. Empirical evidence is presented summarizing relationships between performance on the standards-based high school assessment and performance in college. Benchmarks were set on the Reading, Mathematics, and Science tests by linking assessment scores directly to grades in college courses. The accuracy of the benchmarks was similar to that of a traditional college admission test. Students who met the college readiness benchmarks earned higher grades in general education college courses and had higher first-year college grade point averages. Implications for states and other stakeholders are discussed.
Descriptors: College Readiness, Benchmarking, Grade Point Average, Reading Tests, Mathematics Tests, Science Tests, High School Students, Correlation, Scores, College Students, College Entrance Examinations, State Standards, Achievement Tests, Standardized Tests
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Iowa
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: ACT Assessment; Iowa Tests of Basic Skills