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What, if anything, do you consider a better measure of  potential for success in college than the high school transcript?

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Interestingly, there have been studies that indicate that there is a sound relationship between a students' scores in Geometry on standardized tests and their success in college.  But, this study is just one effort in many to come to a viable measure of high school students' potential as students of higher learning.

Nowadays, a high school transcript is a poor measure of a student's ability because grades are very inflated.  Years ago, there was an article published in Reader's Digest entitled, "What has happened to the Gentleman's C?"  This article examined the inflammatory character of grading systems in the Ivy League universities since the 1960s.  It is clear that an number of factors go into grading that hitherto did not.  In the 1950s, for instance, teachers rarely averaged in homework or class participation into a grade as is so often done now. ...

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