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West, Stephen G.; Hughes, Jan N.; Kim, Han Joe; Bauer, Shelby S. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2019
The Motivation for Educational Attainment (MEA) questionnaire, developed to assess facets related to early adolescents' motivation to complete high school, has a bifactor structure with a large general factor and three smaller orthogonal specific factors (teacher expectations, peer aspirations, value of education). This prospective validity study…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Educational Attainment, Questionnaires, Adolescent Attitudes
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Allen, Jeff; Mattern, Krista – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2019
We examined summary indices of high school performance (coursework, grades, and test scores) based on the graded response model (GRM). The indices varied by inclusion of ACT test scores and whether high school courses were constrained to have the same difficulty and discrimination across groups of schools. The indices were examined with respect to…
Descriptors: High School Students, Academic Achievement, Secondary School Curriculum, Difficulty Level
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Hansen, John; Sadler, Philip; Sonnert, Gerhard – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2019
The high school grade point average (GPA) is often adjusted to account for nominal indicators of course rigor, such as "honors" or "advanced placement." Adjusted GPAs--also known as weighted GPAs--are frequently used for computing students' rank in class and in the college admission process. Despite the high stakes attached to…
Descriptors: Grade Point Average, High School Students, Difficulty Level, Weighted Scores
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Allen, Jeff; Mattern, Krista; Ndum, Edwin – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2019
We derived an index of high school academic rigor (HSAR) by optimizing the prediction of first-year college GPA (FYGPA) based on high school courses taken, grades, and indicators of advanced coursework. Using a large data set and nominal parameterization of high school course outcomes, the HSAR index capitalizes on differential contributions…
Descriptors: High Schools, Difficulty Level, Prediction, Grade Point Average
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Camara, Wayne J.; Mattern, Krista; Croft, Michelle; Vispoel, Sara; Nichols, Paul – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2019
In 2018, 26 states administered a college admissions test to all public school juniors. Nearly half of those states proposed to use those scores as their academic achievement indicators for federal accountability under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA); many others are planning to use those scores for other accountability purposes.…
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, Accountability, Scores, Academic Achievement
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Beard, Jonathan J.; Hsu, Julian; Ewing, Maureen; Godfrey, Kelly E. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2019
High school students enroll in Advanced Placement (AP) courses and take AP exams for a variety of reasons. However, a lack of information about the extent to which there are incremental benefits associated with taking multiple AP exams has fostered a perception that students must take many APs to be prepared for college. Conversely, many American…
Descriptors: Correlation, Advanced Placement, Tests, College Preparation
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Marion, Scott; Domaleski, Chris – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2019
This article offers a critique of the validity argument put forward by Camara, Mattern, Croft, and Vispoel (2019) regarding the use of college-admissions tests in high school assessment systems. We challenge their argument in two main ways. First, we illustrate why their argument fails to address broader issues related to consequences of using…
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, High School Students, Test Use, Validity
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Kostal, Jack W.; Sackett, Paul R.; Kuncel, Nathan R.; Walmsley, Philip T.; Stemig, Melissa S. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2017
Previous research has established that SAT scores and high school grade point average (HSGPA) differ in their predictive power and in the size of mean differences across racial/ethnic groups. However, the SAT is scaled nationally across all test takers while HSGPA is scaled locally within a school. In this study, the researchers propose that this…
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, Scaling, Grade Point Average, Differences
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Shewach, Oren R.; Shen, Winny; Sackett, Paul R.; Kuncel, Nathan R. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2017
The literature on differential prediction of college performance of racial/ethnic minority students for standardized tests and high school grades indicates the use of these predictors often results in overprediction of minority student performance. However, these studies typically involve native English-speaking students. In contrast, a smaller…
Descriptors: Prediction, Minority Group Students, Standardized Tests, High School Students
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Davis, Laurie; Morrison, Kristin; Kong, Xiaojing; McBride, Yuanyuan – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2017
The use of tablets for large-scale testing programs has transitioned from concept to reality for many state testing programs. This study extended previous research on score comparability between tablets and computers with high school students to compare score distributions across devices for reading, math, and science and to evaluate device…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Testing, Handheld Devices, Telecommunications, Scoring
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Yu, Martin C.; Sackett, Paul R.; Kuncel, Nathan R. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2016
The prevalence of homeschooling in the United States is increasing. Yet little is known about how commonly used predictors of postsecondary academic performance (SAT, high school grade point average [HSGPA]) perform for homeschooled students. Postsecondary performance at 140 colleges and universities was analyzed comparing a sample of traditional…
Descriptors: Predictor Variables, Academic Achievement, College Students, Home Schooling
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Koch, Martha J. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2014
Implications of the multiple-use of accountability assessments for the process of validation are examined. Multiple-use refers to the simultaneous use of results from a single administration of an assessment for its intended use and for one or more additional uses. A theoretical discussion of the issues for validation which emerge from…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Test Use, Accountability, Validity
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Kingston, Neal M.; Anderson, Gretchen – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2013
Scores on state standards-based assessments are readily available and may be an appropriate alternative to traditional placement tests for assigning or accepting students into particular courses. Many community colleges do not require test scores for admissions purposes but do require some kind of placement scores for first-year English and math…
Descriptors: Dual Enrollment, Student Placement, High School Students, Scores
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Randall, Jennifer; Sireci, Stephen; Li, Xueming; Kaira, Leah – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2012
As access and reliance on technology continue to increase, so does the use of computerized testing for admissions, licensure/certification, and accountability exams. Nonetheless, full computer-based test (CBT) implementation can be difficult due to limited resources. As a result, some testing programs offer both CBT and paper-based test (PBT)…
Descriptors: Science Tests, Computer Assisted Testing, Scores, Test Bias
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Chajewski, Michael; Mattern, Krista D.; Shaw, Emily J. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2011
The purpose of the current study was to examine the relationship between Advanced Placement (AP) exam participation and enrollment in a 4-year postsecondary institution. A positive relationship was expected given that the primary purpose of offering AP courses is to allow students to engage in college-level academic work while in high school, and…
Descriptors: Advanced Placement Programs, College Preparation, College Credits, Enrollment
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