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Measuring Success: Testing, Grades, and discrepant achievement

by Ad Astra

For more than seventy-five years, standardized tests have been considered a vital tool for gauging students’ readiness for college. However, few people—including students, parents, teachers, and policy makers—understand how tests like the SAT or ACT are used in admissions decisions.  This webinar offers an in-depth exploration from two leading experts on the value and limitations of standardized tests and their ability to explain and predict student retention in college.

Join us on Tuesday, April 3 at 3.00 PM Eastern with Lynn Letukas and Edgar Sanchez as they discuss some of their work from the recently released book, Measuring Success: Testing, Grades, and the Future of College Admissions

In this webinar, you will learn how standardized tests:

  • Successfully predict retention rates.
  • Assist admissions in serving as a valuable check on high school grade inflation.
  • Work with high school GPA to provide a more holistic understanding of student academic preparation; particularly in the case of discrepant achievement.

Lynn Letukas is a Senior Global Academic Program Manager at SAS Institute, where she is leading an initiative to provide postsecondary faculty with free statistical software and teaching resources.  Prior to joining SAS Institute, Dr. Letukas was an Associate Research Scientist at the College Board where she co-edited Measuring Success (with Jack Buckley and Ben Wildavsky) and conducted content validity studies and program evaluations.  Prior to joining the College Board, Lynn was an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and received her doctorate in Sociology from the University of Delaware.

Edgar Sanchez is a Senior Research Scientist at ACT.   Dr. Sanchez studies issues of postsecondary admissions, national testing programs, test preparation efficacy, and intervention effectiveness. He has published research in this area and presented at both regional and national conferences and his most recent work focuses on the value of test preparation for college admissions tests. Edgar received his doctorate and master’s degrees in Educational Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin.

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