ERIC Number: ED358124
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
National Study of ACT and SAT Use by State Departments of Education.
Fenton, Ray; And Others
Because of a concern by the Alaska State Department of Education that results from the American College Test (ACT) and the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) are not being used to their fullest advantage to improve secondary instruction, the use of these assessment results by other states was studied. A two-page survey and request for copies of state reports including SAT and ACT performance were sent to each state department of education. Responses were returned by 47 states and Puerto Rico. Thirty-one received the national ACT report, and 33 received an ACT report for their states. Forty-four received a national SAT report, and 43 received the SAT report for their states. Most states reported this information to the public, and most included information for multiple years. In general, results were not used for planning or for program development. States usually rely on the local school or district to use the information in local planning and goal setting. Examination of survey responses suggests that the most useful information about these assessments reported to the general public includes the number of students taking college entrance examinations and the number completing core courses, as well as demographic information, aggregated average ACT and SAT performance, and an analysis for each school and district that shows score patterns over the past 5 years. Seven charts contain study findings, and the study questionnaire is included. (SLD)
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, Comparative Testing, Demography, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Trends, High Schools, Information Utilization, National Surveys, State Departments of Education, State Programs, Test Results, Test Use, Testing Problems, Testing Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Alaska State Dept. of Education, Juneau.
Authoring Institution: Alaska Educational Resources, Anchorage.
Identifiers - Location: Puerto Rico; United States
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: ACT Assessment; SAT (College Admission Test)