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This Points of Interest shows the usefulness of cumulative high school GPA as one predictor of student success in college-level math courses.
November 22, 2019
Vilan Odekar
Tags: Accurate Placement, 2. Enroll in college-level math and English., Structuring Equity

To prevent inaccurate placement of students in developmental education courses, community colleges are moving away from relying solely on standardized placement tests and toward multiple measures of a student's overall academic ability. One such measure used is a student's cumulative high school grade point average (GPA).

A study of the California Community College System found that a student's cumulative high school GPA was one key predictor of whether that student passed college-level math as traditionally delivered.  For direct and non-direct matriculants, a 3.0 GPA is the minimum GPA needed to succeed in college-level statistics while slightly higher GPAs are needed to succeed in other college-level math courses.

This Points of Interest shows the usefulness of cumulative high school GPA as one predictor of student success in college-level math courses.