Originally posted on EdNewsColorado, June 19, 2012. Copyright © EdNewsColorado.org
Read here. Written by Todd Engdahl.
Lots of people from legislators to students like to dismiss the value of Colorado’s annual high school exams, but a new report suggests the test results may be useful as an indicator of who’s more likely to stay in college.The report found that scores on the 10th-grade math CSAP tests were almost as good an indicator that a student will continue in college as student ratings on the admissions index that colleges use when considering applications.
The higher a student’s CSAP result, the more likely the student will complete at least 30 credit hours of college work – roughly a year of higher education.
“What I’m showing is it’s related to persistence,” said Robert Reichardt of R-Squared Research, who wrote the report for the Colorado Department of Higher Education.
“The admissions index is a slightly better predictor than the CSAP,” he said, but test scores “may be an appropriate thing to consider in admissions policies.”
Reichardt compared 10th-grade CSAP math scores and admissions index data for Colorado high school graduates who attended state colleges from 2008 through 2011. “Persistence” was defined as having completed 30 credit hours of college work. The admissions index includes student scores on ACT or SAT college entrance exams and high school academic performance as measured by grade point average or class rank. ...
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