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ERIC Number: ED399265
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
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The Effects of Coaching on the ACT Scores of African-American Students.
Moss, Gary
Interest in the effectiveness of test coaching has prompted many studies, almost all of which have been directed toward coaching's effect on results of the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT). The focus of this research was to investigate whether preparation for the American College Test (ACT) provided by professional coaches would raise the scores of African-American students. Subjects were 19 African-American high school students working as summer law interns (a special summer program conducted by St. Louis, Missouri Public Schools) who participated in pretest and posttest. Instruction was provided by professional coaches from the "Focus on Learning" tutoring company in a 6-week program on Saturdays. The average increase among these students was 1.34 points. Consideration of other variables made it apparent that the majority of the increase could be attributed to the coaching they received. Although the increase was modest, it might have made a difference in obtaining admission for the students who derived the most benefit. The study shows that, with proper intervention, the ACT scores of African-American students can be increased. (Contains 1 table and 18 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: ACT Assessment