ERIC Number: ED378206
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Aug-24
Reference Count: N/A
ACT Scores Up for Second Straight Year, Females Make Greatest Strides. News from ACT.
American Coll. Testing Program, Iowa City, IA.
This press release reports selected information about the nation's 1994 high school graduates who took the ACT Assessment as part of their preparation for college. States, districts, and schools receive similar information and control the release of that information. The American College Testing program (ACT) reports only on national data. The national mean composite score increased to 20.8, on a scale to 36, from 20.7 in 1993. This is the second consecutive increase following 3 years of steady scores. This national mean is derived from individual scores of more than 890,000 in 1994 high school graduates. Students' scores are rising largely because more are taking college preparatory coursework. Selection of academic courses has long been associated with scores on the ACT Assessment. Data indicate that greater numbers of females are taking advanced mathematics and science courses, a finding that is beginning to be reflected in the composite scores. Females are also starting to take the ACT in greater numbers, with more females than males taking the test nationwide. Seven tables summarize test results. (SLD)
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Admission (School), College Entrance Examinations, College Preparation, Core Curriculum, Course Selection (Students), Educational Assessment, Females, High School Graduates, High School Students, High Schools, Higher Education, Males, National Norms, Scores, Sex Differences, Test Construction, Test Results
American College Testing (ACT) Program, 2201 North Dodge Street, P.O. Box 168, Iowa City, IA 52243.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Coll. Testing Program, Iowa City, IA.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: ACT Assessment