This study aimed to establish the predictive validity of the admission tools used in selecting and screening First Year High School entrants and to identify the predictors of students’ success in first year high school. This study is meant to evaluate the existing admissions policy adopted by the school especially for students coming from its own grade school.
There were 376 high school freshmen population enrolled in school year 2002-2003, 284 were grade school graduates of Miriam College Grade School (MCGS). Two hundred seventy four (274) participated in this study. They represented 96.48% of the entire grade school graduates enrolled in MCHS and 72.87% of the entire MCHS freshmen population for school year 2002-2003.
Correlation analysis and multiple stepwise regression method were employed to establish the predictive validity of the admission tools. The results showed that the best predictor for a student’s academic success in first year high school is her Grade 7 grades. Entrance exams influence students’ performance in first year high school only to a modest extent. In the admission process, more weight is given to grade school grade. Grade school grades are better predictors of First Year High School academic performance. A large number of appeal cases or students accepted on a conditional status successfully pass through the first year probationary period.
Based on the above findings, it is then recommended that an “Open Admission, Selective Retention” policy be adopted in the school. This policy will apply SOLELY to our own grade school graduates. All MCGS 7 students will be allowed to take the tests for placement purposes only.