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ERIC Number: ED141390
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-May
Reference Count: N/A
Trends in the Academic Abilities, Background Characteristics, and Educational and Vocational Plans of College-Bound Students: 1970-71 to 1974-75.
Maxey, E. James; And Others
Data reported in this paper are drawn from The American College Testing Program (ACT) files of student records collected over the five year period from 1970-71 to 1974-75 through administration of the ACT Assessment Program. The data from 1970-71 and 1971-72 represent a five percent random sample and the data from 1972-73, 1973-74, and 1974-75, a ten percent random sample of students tested on the first four national test dates each year. Included in the students' records are their ACT test scores and self-reported high school grades, and their responses to the ACT Student Profile Section (SPS), which contains some 200 items about vocational plans, out-of-class high school accomplishments, educational needs, extracurricular plans, and general biographical information. All students who write the ACT Assessment complete the SPS. Three major categories of trend data based on ACT test scores and on selected elements from the SPS are reported in subsequent sections of this paper. These are trends in students' academic abilities, background characteristics (e.g., sex, race, and socioeconomic status), and educational plans and goals. Findings are summarized and some interpretations of their implications are offered. (Author/MV)
Descriptors: Academic Ability, Academic Achievement, Academic Aspiration, Achievement Tests, College Bound Students, Data Analysis, Educational Needs, Educational Trends, Financial Needs, Grade Point Average, High School Students, Racial Differences, Secondary Education, Sex Differences, Socioeconomic Background, Socioeconomic Status, Standardized Tests, Student Characteristics, Student Records, Test Results, Trend Analysis, Vocational Interests
ACT Publications, The American College Testing Program, P.O. Box 168, Iowa City, Iowa 52240 (Order No. 4-7-74, $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