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Abstract

In 1985, Kentucky implemented new admission and exit requirements for postsecondary vocational programs. The purpose of the research project funded by the Kentucky Department of Education was to evaluate the effectiveness of predetermined grade equivalent Levels on the reading and mathematics sections of the Tests of Adult Basic Education as an admission tool for applicants to postsecondary health occupations programs. Variables included the successful completion or non-completion of a health program, and scores from the Kentucky Vocational Achievement Test. The population included 1542 students who were accepted in five different health occupations programs for a two year time period. The findings revealed that the Tests of Adult Basic .Education reading and mathematic grade equivalent scores and number of attempts were not good predictors of program completion or non-completion. Less that 10% of the Kentucky Vocational Achievement Tests’ variance was explained by an combination of predictor variables. Further research is recommended.

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