ERIC Number: ED337505
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
The HISD Graduating Class of 1991: College Preparation and the SAT.
Bridges, James T.; And Others
This report analyzes the performance of the portion of the graduating class of 1991 from the Houston (Texas) Independent School District (HSID) who took the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and related tests associated with the College Board's testing program. In 1991, 3,907 (52%) HISD students took the SAT; 556 (14.2%) of the HISD students who took the SAT also took one of the College Board Achievement Tests. Comparisons with data from 1987 reveal an increase in the proportion of minority students in Houston taking the SAT, with a decline in the number of native speakers of English, and an increase in the ethnic and socioeconomic diversity of the test takers. Despite a genuine gain in the scores of Black students, the gap between performance of Blacks, Mexican Americans and other Hispanics, and Whites indicates that the HSID is preparing more and more minority students for college, but has not been able to come to terms with the need. Those students who have taken a large number of academic courses are on a par with the top students nationwide. At the lower end of academic preparation, HSID's students score lower than comparable students nationwide. The analysis of the SAT results indicates that Houston, along with the nation as a whole, has not been able to adequately prepare significant groups of students for college work. Twenty-three graphs and 32 tables present achievement test results. A 15-item list of references is included. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Houston Independent School District, TX.
Identifiers: College Board Achievement Tests; Houston Independent School District TX; Scholastic Aptitude Test