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Westrick, Paul A.; Marini, Jessica P.; Shaw, Emily J. – College Board, 2021
This study explored how the SAT and High School Grade Point Average (HSGPA) can work together to help institutions to confidently admit, place, and support students in their academic majors while promoting student opportunity and success as well as institutional health and success. In particular, this study examined the differential validity of…
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, Majors (Students), Decision Making, Educational Planning
Marini, Jessica P.; Westrick, Paul A.; Shaw, Emily J. – College Board, 2021
The purpose of this study is to understand how well the national SAT Validity Study results (Westrick et al., 2019), which is based on the entering class of 2017, generalize to other cohorts of students and how well the SAT predicts longer term outcomes beyond first-year grade point average (FYGPA) and second-year retention. Results show that the…
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, Predictor Variables, Academic Achievement, Grade Point Average
Lazzaro, Christopher C.; Loveless, Tom; Sireci, Stephen; Webb, David C. – College Board, 2021
This study examined outcomes for AP® Calculus and AP Physics students on the 2015 Trends in International Math and Science Study (TIMSS) relative to other participating countries and other advanced math and science students in the United States. Compared to other countries in the study, AP Calculus BC and AP Physics C: EM students outperformed all…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Achievement Tests, International Assessment, Mathematics Tests
Wyatt, Jeff; Jagesic, Sanja – College Board, 2021
In recent years, several states and districts have implemented programs and policies that have sparked growth among high school students taking College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP® ) exams to earn college credits, with some states including CLEP in their K-12 accountability structures. In the 2018-19 school year, 22% of CLEP exams taken were…
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, High School Students, Dual Enrollment, College Credits
Westrick, Paul A.; Marini, Jessica P.; Shmueli, Doron; Young, Linda; Shaw, Emily J.; Ng, Helen – College Board, 2020
In May 2019, College Board published the first national operational SAT® validity study on the new SAT introduced in 2016. Based on data from more than 221,000 students across 169 four-year colleges and universities, the study showed that the SAT was essentially as effective as high school grades in predicting students' college performance and…
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, Test Validity, Prediction, Grades (Scholastic)
Jagesic, Sanja; Ewing, Maureen; Feng, Jing; Wyatt, Jeff – College Board, 2020
The AP Capstone Diploma ™ program was launched in 2014 to offer high school students an opportunity to learn interdisciplinary critical thinking and collaboration skills and complete college-level academic research by means of two Advanced Placement® (AP® ) courses: AP Seminar and AP Research. In these early years of the AP Capstone program,…
Descriptors: Advanced Placement Programs, Capstone Experiences, High School Students, Student Participation
Wyatt, Jeff; Jagesic, Sanja – College Board, 2020
The Advanced Placement® Program (AP®) offers high school students the opportunity to take rigorous coursework in high school and receive college credit for AP Exam scores that meet or exceed the requirements of their attending institution. Students receiving AP credit are typically exempted from an introductory-level course or series of courses…
Descriptors: Advanced Placement Programs, Achievement Tests, Academic Achievement, Introductory Courses
Westrick, Paul A.; Marini, Jessica P.; Shaw, Emily J. – College Board, 2020
This report examines the value of SAT scores for determining merit-based scholarship decisions as well as admission to highly selective academic programs such as honors programs or colleges. Results show that the SAT is a highly effective tool for predicting students' chances of earning a first-year grade point average (FYGPA) of 3.00 or higher…
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, Merit Scholarships, Decision Making, Competitive Selection
Westrick, Paul A.; Young, Linda; Shaw, Emily J.; Shmueli, Doron – College Board, 2020
The current study examines how the integration of SAT scores with context information about students' neighborhood and high school from the College Board's Landscape™ resource can provide institutions with a nuanced perspective on students' expected performance and retention. This allows institutions to identify incoming students that may benefit…
Descriptors: Academic Advising, Scores, School Holding Power, Academic Persistence
Marini, Jessica P.; Westrick, Paul A.; Young, Linda; Ng, Helen; Shaw, Emily J. – College Board, 2020
This study provides an initial analysis of the validity of the SAT to predict the academic performance of students attending higher education institutions outside of the U.S. The results from these three institutions (located in India, Scotland [United Kingdom], and Lebanon, respectively) provide evidence that the SAT is indeed a strong predictor…
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, Test Validity, Predictor Variables, Academic Achievement
Marini, Jessica P.; Westrick, Paul A.; Young, Linda; Shaw, Emily J. – College Board, 2020
Recent national research on the validity of the SAT shows that students with higher SAT scores are more likely to earn higher grades in college, and that SAT scores add about 15% more predictive power above high school grade point average (HSGPA) to estimate students' college performance (Westrick, Marini, Young, Ng, Shmueli, & Shaw, 2019).…
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, Validity, Test Validity, Scores
Marini, Jessica P.; Westrick, Paul A.; Young, Linda; Shmueli, Doron; Shaw, Emily J.; Ng, Helen – College Board, 2019
This paper presents the results of a national validity study examining relationships between new SAT Essay scores and first semester grades in English and writing courses, as well as first-year grade point average (FYGPA) in college. The sample includes more than 180,000 first-year students across 171 four-year institutions. Results show that…
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, Essays, Scores, College Freshmen
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
Marini, Jessica P.; Beard, Jonathan; Shaw, Emily J. – College Board, 2018
Admission offices at colleges and universities often use SAT® scores to make decisions about applicants for their incoming class. Many institutions use prediction models to quantify a student's potential for success using various measures, including SAT scores (NACAC, 2016). In March 2016, the College Board introduced a redesigned SAT that better…
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, College Admission, Knowledge Level, College Readiness
Smith, Kara; Jagesic, Sanja; Wyatt, Jeff; Ewing, Maureen – College Board, 2018
Projections by the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (2012) point to a need for approximately one million more Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) professionals than the U.S. will be able to produce considering the current rate of STEM postsecondary degree completions (Executive Office of the President of…
Descriptors: Advanced Placement Programs, STEM Education, Student Participation, High School Students
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