Study finds colleges depend on test scores for placement

12/24/2012 | Education Week

A new study on college placement shows that most colleges and universities still rely largely on test scores to measure students' readiness for college-level coursework, and that scores deemed college-ready vary among institutions. Conducted by the National Assessment Governing Board, the study surveyed about 1,670 public and private postsecondary institutions and their use of six standardized tests -- including the ACT and SAT -- to determine students' math and reading levels. Other recent research has shown that high-school GPA is a more accurate indicator of college readiness than test scores.

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