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February 24, 2017
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High school students and their parents are invited to attend the free 2017 Stark County Spring College Fair  to be held at the Kent State University Stark Conference Center on Tuesday, March 14th from 6-7:30 PM . More than 50 colleges and universities will be represented and seminars on "Paying for College" and "College Credit Plus" will be presented to help with the college planning process. There is no charge for parking and reservations are not required.
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The Debate Continues: Are Grades or Admissions Tests Better Predictors of College Success? 

A new article released by the Washington-based America's Promise Alliance on 5 Myths About What It Takes To Make It To and Through College [1] furthers the debate on whether high school grades or admission tests are better predictors of college success.

It is a myth that ACT and SAT scores are the most important predictors of success in college, says the article, based on an earlier posting by Chicago's To&Through Project The facts, from a study of achievement in the Chicago Public Schools [2], are:

While ACT/SAT scores matter for college access, grades (GPAs) are much more predictive of college success. In fact, strong grades-earning As and Bs in high school-are the strongest indicator of college readiness and are much more predictive of college graduation than any test score. Students with an ACT score 
of 21- 23 have about a 50 percent chance of graduating from college 
if their high school GPA is between 2.5 and 2.9. Yet students with ACT 
scores in the same range of 21-23 but with high school GPAs between 3.0 and 3.4 graduate college at much higher rates of nearly 70 percent.

Chicago's To&Through Project is a partnership among the University of Chicago's Urban Education Institute and Network for College Success that is supported by nearly two decades of research from the UChicago Consortium at the Urban Education Institute. 

The conclusion that grades are a better predictor than the ACT/SAT test has been supported in other research. A Georgia study found that  GPA is a better predictor [3] than graduation tests or end of course exams.

[2] Healey, K., et al. (2014). The educational attainment of Chicago Public Schools students: A focus
on four-year college degrees. University of Chicago Consortium on School Research.
[3] See: High School Academic Rigor and Georgia Tests as Predictors of Post-Secondary Success in
the Governor's Office of Student Achievement at: https://gosa.georgia.gov/high-school-academic-
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