ERIC Number: ED207615
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Feb-2
Reference Count: 0
A Community College User's Approach to American College Testing Data.
Reap, Margaret C.
The American College Testing (ACT) Assessment Program is reviewed in this four-part report in terms of its use at North Harris County College (NHCC). Part I briefly reviews the contents of the four ACT tests: English Usage, Mathematics Usage, Social Studies Reading, and Natural Science Reading. It goes on to discuss the stability, limitations, and predictive validity of the tests and to make general comments on their nature and scoring. Section II describes ACT's Research Services, including the Class Profile Service, the Predictive Research Services for postsecondary institutions, the High School Profile Service for secondary schools, and the Institutional Self-Study Services, which provide follow-up data on postsecondary students. Section III reviews the current status of the ACT Assessment Program at NHCC, evaluating the usefulness of the data provided by the Class Profile Service and the Predictive Research Services. This section includes summary data. Section IV concludes that ACT's Class Profile Service provides an accurate sampling of the academic abilities of entering freshmen, but that the Predictive Research Services' NHCC studies have not proven effective in predicting student success at the college. Appendices include a detailed content description of the four ACT tests, the table of contents from a Basic Research Service Report, and the table of contents from a Standard Research Service Report. (KL/AYC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: American College Testing Program; North Harris County College TX
Note: Paper presented to the Southwest Educational Research Association (Houston, TX, February 2, 1979).