ERIC Number: ED446689
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Preparation of California Public High School Graduates for College, 1995 to 1998. Factsheet.
California State Postsecondary Education Commission, Sacramento.
This fact sheet describes important changes in the academic characteristics of recent California high school graduates that relate directly to university eligibility and student preparation. The number of public high school graduates in California has grown by 9.7% since 1995, and the proportion of graduates who complete the full university college-preparatory curricula increased by 1.63%, from 34.9% in 1995 to 36.6% in 1998. This proportion increased among all racial-ethnic groups. Between 1995 and 1998 the percentage of graduates who completed Advanced Placement (AP) examinations also went up, from 12.7% to 14.1%, but large disparities persisted in AP participation by racial and ethnic group. More students took the ACT Assessment and the Scholastic Assessment Tests (SAT). The mean SAT verbal score for California high school graduates increased between 1995 and 1998 to 497, but it remains below the national mean of 505. The mathematics score also rose by 5 points, to 514, and it is now a few score points about the national mathematics mean of 512. Statewide SAT performance appears to be associated to some extent with socioeconomic status. ACT score have also risen, and the ACT composite score also appears to be associated with socioeconomic status. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Gains, College Entrance Examinations, College Preparation, College Students, Core Curriculum, Ethnic Groups, High School Graduates, High Schools, Higher Education, Racial Differences, Student Characteristics, Test Results
For full text: http://www.cpec.ca.gov.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Postsecondary Education Commission, Sacramento.
Identifiers - Location: California