ERIC Number: ED440138
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Results of College Admissions Testing in Texas for 1997-98 Graduating Seniors.
Texas Education Agency, Austin. Div. of Research and Evaluation.
This report presents Texas results for the 1997-98 graduating class for both the College Board's SAT I: Reasoning Test (SAT) and the ACT Assessment. In 1998, numbers of both SAT I- and ACT-tested graduates were up from the previous year. The highest number of Texas high school graduates ever took one of the two examinations. The last decade brought some recovery over the previous decade's decline in both Texas and national SAT averages, with relatively more improvement in Texas within the last 12 years. The average 1994 Texas SAT-I total of 995 was 22 points below the national average of 1,017. The 1994 Texas average ACT Composite score was 20.3 compared to a national average of 21.0. Although Texas SAT-tested students had less academic preparation than students nationally, percentages completing 20 or more credits improved from 23% in 1991 to 45% (versus 50% nationally) in 1998. Black and Hispanic students had fewer academic credits than White and Asian American students. The percentage of ethnic minority students scoring at or above the SAT or ACT criterion has improved since 1991, although the percentage of white students remains higher. As is consistent with previous findings, SAT total and ACT Composite scores tended to go up as the values of certain demographic variables, including district wealth, student family income, and district percentage of teachers with advanced degrees, rose. Generally, the SAT and ACT results suggest focusing on improving the academic preparation of all students, while also encouraging testing participation. An appendix contains detailed tables of mean SAT and ACT scores and a glossary of category descriptions used in the analyses. (Contains 4 tables, 2 figures, and 56 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Entrance Examinations, Educational Trends, High School Graduates, High Schools, Higher Education, National Norms, State Programs, Test Results, Testing Programs
Publications Distribution Division, Texas Education Agency, 1701 North Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701-1494 ($3). Tel: 512-463-9744.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Education Agency, Austin. Div. of Research and Evaluation.
Identifiers - Location: Texas
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: ACT Assessment