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2020 Volume 10
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Volume 4, Issue 2, August 2014,
Page(s): 110-116
Empirical Research
Received: December 27, 2013; Accepted: October 16, 2014; Published online: March 19, 2015
doi:10.2399/yod.14.009; Copyright © 2014, Deomed
The inequality of students' graduation grade point average among universities*
Meltem Acar Güvendir 1, Yeşim Özer Özkan2 (E-mail)
1Department of Assessment and Evaluation, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Trakya University, Edirne; 2Department of Assessment and Evaluation, Gaziantep Faculty of Educational Sciences, Gaziantep University, Gaziantep, Turkey
*This work was presented as an oral presentation at 22nd National Congress of Educational Sciences which was held in Eskişehir, Turkey on September 5-7, 2013.
This study aims to compare and find a relation among the raw graduation grade point average (GPA) scores and standard scores of students from three different universities. This research is a descriptive survey model. The GPA scores were initially categorized according to students' majors and then standardized by converting into Z and T scores. Finally, the raw and standard scores were compared. The research group included 692 participants who graduated from faculty of education of three different universities. University A included 202, university B included 328, and university C included 162 students. During the initial data analysis, the descriptive statistical values of the GPA scores were provided. Subsequently, the raw GPA scores were converted into standard scores in order to make a comparison among the three universities. The study results showed that three students who graduate from different universities may have the same raw GPA scores. However, when these scores are converted into standard scores, the student who graduated from the department that has the lowest GPA mean is actually the most successful one. In other words, considering only the raw GPA score creates an unfair situation for the students who graduate from universities that have low GPA means.
Keywords: Central placements, inequality of graduation GPAs, raw score, standard score, standardization, student achievement.
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