ERIC Number: ED408154
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Mathematics for a Successful Transition To College: The Content Foundations of the ACT Assessment.
American Coll. Testing Program, Iowa City, IA.
The American College Testing Program (ACT) routinely evaluates the fit of its tests to the curriculum of high schools nationwide to ensure that what is being assessed reflects what is being taught as necessary for college success. This report describes the steps ACT has taken to ensure that the content foundations of the ACT Assessment Mathematics Test are solid. Evidence is provided from: (1) an account of how the content and skills measured by the ACT Assessment Mathematics Test are determined and how they are kept up to date; (2) survey results demonstrating that what the Mathematics Test measures is consistent with what is being taught in high schools that is necessary for college success; (3) reviews of state curriculum frameworks and national curriculum and performance standards supporting the validity of the test at the high school level; (4) a summary of ACT's review of current mathematics textbooks nationwide; (5) documentation of the role U.S. mathematics teachers play in developing the ACT mathematics test; (6) results of predictive validity and placement studies that show the mathematics test is effective in measuring the mathematical skills important for college success. (Author/PVD)
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, College Entrance Examinations, Evaluation Criteria, High Schools, Mathematics Education, Predictive Measurement, Program Evaluation, Standardized Tests, Test Construction, Test Validity, Testing Programs
American College Testing Program, P.O. Box 168, Iowa City, IA 52243-0168.
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Coll. Testing Program, Iowa City, IA.