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Hurwitz, Michael; Smith, Jonathan; Niu, Sunny; Howell, Jessica – College Board, 2015
Maine replaced its existing high school statewide assessment with the SAT® and administered the exam to almost all public high school juniors. A primary goal of this policy change was to increase 4-year college enrollment by public school students in Maine. This brief report provides an overview of the data, research methodology employed, as well…
Descriptors: Enrollment Rate, Enrollment Management, High School Seniors, Educational Change
Kobrin, Jennifer L.; Kim, Rachel; Sackett, Paul – College Board, 2011
There is much debate on the merits and pitfalls of standardized tests for college admission, with questions regarding the format (multiple-choice versus constructed response), cognitive complexity, and content of these assessments (achievement versus aptitude) at the forefront of the discussion. This study addressed these questions by…
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, Mathematics Tests, Test Items, Predictive Validity
Kim, YoungKoung; Hendrickson, Amy; Patel, Priyank; Melican, Gerald; Sweeney, Kevin – College Board, 2013
The purpose of this report is to describe the procedure for revising the ReadiStep™ score scale using the field trial data, and to provide technical information about the development of the new ReadiStep scale score. In doing so, this report briefly introduces the three assessments--ReadiStep, PSAT/NMSQT®, and SAT®--in the College Board Pathway…
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, Educational Assessment, High School Students, Scores
Wiley, Andrew; Wyatt, Jeffrey; Camara, Wayne J. – College Board, 2011
This report presents a methodology for the measurement and tracking of the college readiness level of high school students who are engaged in the college admission process. The proposed index uses the three distinct hurdles of SAT scores, high school GPA and a newly developed measure of academic rigor. Appendix A contains tables and numerical…
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, College Readiness, Measurement, Progress Monitoring
Kobrin, Jennifer L.; Sathy, Viji; Shaw, Emily J. – College Board, 2007
This paper presents and reviews gender, racial/ethnic, language, and socioeconomic subgroup performance differences on the SAT® over nearly the last two decades. Theories on the existence of subgroup differences are examined. Substantial revisions to the SAT were made in 1994, and again in 2005. The short-term and long-term impact of these…
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, Gender Differences, Racial Differences, Language
Godfrey, Kelly E. – College Board, 2011
When educators see that two students received a B in a particular course in two different schools and/or years, does it indicate the same level of understanding and achievement for both students? This paper addresses the assumption that grades are equivalent within subjects across schools and years. By comparing course grades to a standardized…
Descriptors: Student Records, High Schools, Advanced Placement, Grade Point Average
McKillip, Mary E. M.; Mackey, Philip E. – College Board, 2013
This report shows college enrollment and graduation trends among Native American SAT® takers who finished high school in 2004 and 2010 by various student characteristics, including aspirations, self-perceived ability, and academic achievements. In every case, students in the top categories (high aspirations, high perceived ability, high assessed…
Descriptors: Access to Education, High School Graduates, American Indian Students, College Entrance Examinations
Deng, Hui; Kobrin, Jennifer L. – College Board, 2007
This report describes the results of two studies designed to evaluate the impact of self-reported mathematics course-taking on performance on SAT mathematics questions measuring new content (Algebra II). A supplemental table and figure are appended.
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, Mathematics Instruction, Algebra, Test Items
Bridgeman, Brent; Laitusis, Cara Cahalan; Cline, Frederick – College Board, 2007
The current study used three data sources to estimate time requirements for different item types on the now current SAT Reasoning Test™. First, we estimated times from a computer-adaptive version of the SAT® (SAT CAT) that automatically recorded item times. Second, we observed students as they answered SAT questions under strict time limits and…
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, Test Items, Thinking Skills, Computer Assisted Testing
Vasavada, Natasha; Carman, Elaine; Hart, Beth; Luisier, Danielle – College Board, 2010
The College Board College Readiness Pathway is an assessment system that measures the reading, writing and mathematical knowledge and skills that students need to be on track to graduate high school college-ready. It consists of ReadiStep[TM], administered in grade eight; the PSAT/NMSQT[R], administered in grades 10-11; and the SAT[R],…
Descriptors: State Standards, Academic Standards, College Readiness, Alignment (Education)
Bridgeman, Brent; Cline, Frederick – College Board, 2007
This study took an experimental approach to evaluating test speededness. In order to assess the benefits of extra time (or the penalty of strict time limits) on new SAT scores, sections that were designed to be administered with a 25-minute time limit were administered with a 40-minute time limit (or slightly more than time and a half) as part of…
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, Timed Tests, Standardized Tests, Time
Proctor, Thomas P.; Kim, YoungKoung Rachel – College Board, 2009
Presented at the national conference for the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in April 2009. This study examined the utility of scores on the SAT writing test, specifically examining the reliability of scores using generalizability and item response theories. The study also provides an overview of current predictive validity…
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, Writing Tests, Psychometrics, Predictive Validity
Shaw, Emily J. – College Board, 2009
Presented at the College Board Western Regional Office (WRO) Forum in San Diego in February 2009. This presentation explores SAT test validity and how it can be used to inform both advisement and placement at the national or institution level. Institutional validity can be measured using the Admitted Class Evaluation Service (ACES) which schools…
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, Test Validity, Standardized Tests, Student Placement
Gierl, Mark J.; Leighton, Jacqueline P.; Wang, Changjiang; Zhou, Jiawen; Gokiert, Rebecca; Tan, Adele – College Board, 2009
The purpose of the study is to present research focused on validating the four algebra cognitive models in Gierl, Wang, et al., using student response data collected with protocol analysis methods to evaluate the knowledge structures and processing skills used by a sample of SAT test takers.
Descriptors: Algebra, Mathematics Tests, College Entrance Examinations, Student Attitudes
Shaw, Emily J.; Mattern, Krista D. – College Board, 2009
This study examined the relationship between students' self-reported high school grade point average (HSGPA) from the SAT Questionnaire and their HSGPA provided by the colleges and universities they attend. The purpose of this research was to offer updated information on the relatedness of self-reported (by the student) and school-reported (by the…
Descriptors: High School Students, Grade Point Average, Accuracy, Aptitude Tests
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