Predictor of Success
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.