Assistant Professor Annahita Ball and co-authors publish "School social work & college readiness: Examining school-level factors related to American College Test scores"

Published October 27, 2015

Annahita Ball

Annahita Ball.

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Annahita Ball and co-authors on the publication of their article "School social work & college readiness: Examining school-level factors related to American College Test scores," in the School Social Work Journal.

Denicola, C.M., Ball, A., & Maberry, S. (2015). School social work & college readiness: Examining school-level factors related to American College Test scores. School Social Work Journal, 39(2), 11-23.

Abstract:

College readiness is increasingly prioritized in federal and state policy initiatives. This study sought to examine the relationship between college readinessand several school-level factors. Specifically, quantitative data from 328 high schools were utilized to investigate the relationships among school-wide academic performance, school size, minority school status, poverty school status, percentage of students with disabilities, and college readiness(measured using American College Test scores). A hierarchical multiple regression analysis indicated that minority school status and percentage of students with disabilities were the greatest predictors of college readiness. In addition, both school size and poverty school status significantly moderated the relationship between school-wide academic performance and college readiness. The findings of this study point to important factors for consideration in school social work practice, policy, and research.