High school GPAs outweigh ACTs for college readiness

Students’ high school grade point averages are five times stronger than their ACT scores at predicting college graduation, according to a study posted on the website of the University of Chicago (UChicago) Consortium on School Research.

The researchers examined 55,084 students who graduated from Chicago Public Schools of varying academic profiles between 2006 and 2009, and who then immediately enrolled in a four-year college. At the time of the study, all Illinois students took the ACT in the spring of 11th grade...

High school GPA vs ACT scores

A new study has shown that high school GPAs predict college graduation better than ACT scores, the standardised test that high school students take for college admissions in the US.

According to the study by Elaine M Allensworth and Kallie Clark from the University of Chicago, the relationship between ACT scores and college graduation depends on which high school a student attends, as they did not find a connection between students’ ACT scores and college graduation at some schools...

Andria Shyjka

Andria Shyjka is a Research Analyst at the UChicago Consortium. In this position she works on a variety of research projects which examine how schools and teachers use data for improvement. She believes her decade of teaching experience provides a valuable background to research of teacher improvement via formal evaluation, professional development and student feedback, assessment of school culture and climate, and organizational change.

High school GPA, not ACT score, is a strong predictor of college graduation

A high ACT score will get you into college, but it won’t guarantee that you’ll make it out with a degree. A recent study comparing ACT scores, GPAs and graduation rates found that there is no correlation between high ACT scores and college graduation.

High school GPA, on the other hand, was found to be a strong predictor of college completion, forecasting graduation at a rate five times stronger than ACT scores...

New study finds high school GPA beats standardized tests

Widely held assumptions about how to measure “college readiness” are wrong, if a new study from two University of Chicago researchers is to be believed.

“The bottom line is that high school grades are powerful tools for gauging students’ readiness for college, regardless of which high school a student attends, while ACT scores are not,” said lead author Elaine Allensworth in a press release...

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