Jess La Sala


This study examined the relationship of deaf students' performance on standardized entrance exams and their academic successes at both the National Technical Institute for the Deaf and at Rochester Institute of Technology. For the purpose of this study, academic success was defined as completion of degree program. The results showed that higher reading levels at entry to college were associated with successful degree completion at the AAS and BS degree levels and students who graduated with these degrees had significantly higher reading levels compared to students who did not complete a degree. Eighty four percent of the students with a 12thgrade reading range earned a BS or a BFA degree. Seventy percent of the students who scored a 10thor 11th grade reading range earned a BS or a BFA degree. Forty-two percent of the students with a 7.5 grade reading range or below earned a BS or a BFA degree.

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Document Type

Master's Project

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Department, Program, or Center

Master of Science of Secondary Education of Students Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (NTID)


Kelly, Ronald - Chair

Advisor/Committee Member

Long, Gary

Advisor/Committee Member

Bateman, Gerald


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