ERIC Number: ED120245
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Declining Admissions Test Scores.
Munday, Leo A.
In recent years the American College Test (ACT) score decline has been largely due to the changed pool of test-takers if the limited data studied here have applicability to the national scene. Data from state testing programs and the National Assessment of Educational Progress were used to determine who takes the test and how well prepared they are. Results for one and two states showed that in recent years different people have been taking the test and that starting in the late 1960's and continuing to the present, they have likely been less prepared than previously. For their part colleges and universities would seem to have adapted to the declining admissions scores of their in-coming students. Score decline over the past ten years of about two percent to three percent of a standard deviation per year has been typical. There is variation by subject matter field and there are marked sex differences. Overall the scores of men have not declined appreciably over the last five years, but the scores of women have declined considerably. This trend has been accompanied by an increase in the percentage of women among ACT-tested students. The percentage of high scoring students has remained about the same over the last five years, while the percentage of low scoring students has increased. (RC) Aspect of National Assessment (NAEP) dealt with in this document: Results (Overview).
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Admission Criteria, College Bound Students, College Entrance Examinations, College Preparation, Comparative Analysis, High School Students, Higher Education, Low Achievement, National Norms, Scores, Secondary Education, Sex Differences, Standardized Tests, Test Results
ACT Publications, The American College Testing Program, P.O. Box 168, Iowa City, Iowa 52240 (Order No. 4-7-71, $1.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Coll. Testing Program, Iowa City, IA. Research and Development Div.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: ACT Assessment