SuccessNavigator – Research Video Transcript

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Steve Robbins, Director of Research Innovation, ETS®

Ross Markle, Senior Research Advisor, Global Education, ETS®


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On-screen: [Improving Student Success Rate. ETS® The Research Behind SuccessNavigator]

Narrator – Steve Robbins: The SuccessNavigator assessment is a perfect example of the kind of long-term analysis and research that ETS prides itself on. As a mission-driven organization, we invest heavily in research and development. There are over 1,100 professionals in research and development. And we pride ourselves on taking the long view of really understanding what are the underlying and driving components of an assessment. How do we build that assessment with psychometric rigor and integrity? And how do we connect that assessment to actionable strategies and within a theory of action for individuals and institutions?

Narrator – Ross Markle: There's been a lot of research over the last 10 or 15 years into the impact of noncognitive skills on student success. This research has really shown three key things.

First, it's shown that there is, in fact, a relationship between noncognitive factors and persistence and grades.

Second, it's shown that prediction is significant, even when you control for other factors like socioeconomic status or test scores.

And the third thing that's perhaps more important is that relationship depends on how you define student success.

So that some skills like academic achievement and time management are very important for predicting grades. Whereas, other skills such as self-management, motivation, commitment and social supports are predictive of factors like persistence over semesters.

We've selected the constructs that we use on the SuccessNavigator assessment by not only identifying things that are important to student success, but also are key skills and behaviors on which students can accurately rate themselves.

Other research has shown that interventions tailored toward psychologically based constructs really can have a profound intervention that lasts over time. Such that these things that we thought we couldn't change, we actually can change and do have a significant impact on student success.

On-screen: [Image of report: "The SuccessNavigator Assessment: A Holistic Approach to Predictive Academic and Retention Success" by Ross Markle & Steve Robbins, Educational Testing Service – 2013.]

On-screen: [Field trials covering more than 10,000 students including an array of institutions from community colleges to universities over multiple years.]

Our research at ETS has followed students by administering these assessments early on in their careers and then following them over time. And we've seen that, in fact, that the factors we measure early on, like noncognitive factors, can predict their persistence in GPA throughout their early career.

Narrator – Steve Robbins: The SuccessNavigator assessment was designed to really create a snapshot of these critical factors, tie it back to academic preparation and link it to actionable strategies that institutions can use to work with students to make sure that they get through their courses and they stick to it to persist to their goals.

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