ERIC Number: ED181803
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Career Experiences, Plans, and Academic Characteristics of Washington 1979 College-Bound Seniors.
Noeth, Richard J.
Career experiences, plans, and academic characteristics of 30,000 college-bound seniors in the state of Washington in 1979 are detailed. Among findings were that a large number of college-bound seniors have been active in extracurricular activities, ranging from athletics to community service to special interest groups; that 67 percent held a regular part-time job; and that over 40 percent expressed an interest in independent study programs. Other results showed that more than half wanted help in deciding educational and vocational goals and with financial aid, slightly over 40 percent wanted help with math skills and about one-third with written English and study skills. Almost 40 percent planned to start directly in a four-year college and slightly over 10 percent planned to earn a professional level degree. Career plans with the largest overall percentages were in the fields of management and business, health, and education, with slightly over one-third of the students undecided as to careers. Test scores showed that reading comprehension remained fairly constant while vocabulary and English usage seemed to indicate a possible end to the five-year decline. All math scores increased over 1978 results. (PHR)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, Career Choice, Cohort Analysis, College Bound Students, Extracurricular Activities, High School Seniors, Higher Education, State Surveys, Student Characteristics, Student Experience, Tables (Data), Test Results, Trend Analysis
Washington Pre-College Testing Program, 530 Schmitz Hall, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington Pre-College Testing Program, Seattle.