ERIC Number: ED446147
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Results of College Admissions Testing in Texas for 1998-99 Graduating Seniors.
Texas Education Agency, Austin. Office of Policy Planning and Research.
The participation and performance of 1998-1999 public school graduates in Texas on the College Board's SAT I: Reasoning Test and the ACT Inc. ACT Assessment were studied and compared to results from other states and the United States as a whole. The highest combined number of Texas public school graduates ever (113,807 or 61.8%) took either the SAT I or ACT before or during 1998-1999, meaning that a greater number of Texas students than ever before sought external feedback about their academic readiness for college through these tests. Performance, as measured by the combined number of tested graduates achieving either SAT I total scores of 1110-1600 or ACT Composite scores of 24-36 (30,901 students) was highest in 1999. The percentage of SAT I- and ACT-tested graduates scoring within these higher ranges on either test was 27.2% in 1999, a 2.2 percentage point gain since 1991. African Americans, Hispanics, Whites, males, and females showed similar trends in overall improvement since 1991. The numbers tested have increased since 1998, but the state's mean performance has held steady at 20.3 on the ACT Composite and has been virtually the same at 993 for the SAT total. The percentage of all Texas SAT takers completing 20 or more academic course credits continued to increase, as did the percentage of ACT takers completing an ACT-SAT I defined core set of academic courses. Thus, the most general suggestion for strengthening SAT I and Act test performance overall, or students' academic readiness for college, is to focus on improving the academic preparation of all students while encouraging testing participation. Two appendixes contain detailed score tables. (Contains 11 tables, 2 figures, and 57 references.) (Author/SLD)
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, High School Seniors, High Schools, Public Schools, Racial Differences, Scores, Test Results
Texas Education Agency, Publications Distribution, 1701 North Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701-1494 ($7.50). Tel: 512-463-9455; Web site: http://www.tea.state.tx.us/gted/.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Education Agency, Austin. Office of Policy Planning and Research.
Identifiers - Location: Texas
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: ACT Assessment