ERIC Number: ED450669
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Preparation of California Public High School Graduates for College, 1996 to 1999. Factsheet.
California State Postsecondary Education Commission, Sacramento.
This factsheet describes important changes in the academic characteristics of recent high school graduates that relate directly to university eligibility and student preparation. Data show that by ethnic-racial group, in 1999, 55% of Asian graduates and 41% of White graduates completed the university-preparatory curricula, while only 26% of Black graduates, 22% of Latino graduates, and 23% of Native American students did so. Between 1996 and 1999 the percentage of graduates who completed Advanced Placement (AP) examinations rose from 14.6% to 16.3%, but large disparities continue to persist in AP participation by racial/ethnic group, with the participation of Asian test takes (31.4%) nearly twice the overall rate of 17.9%, and the AP rate for Black students less than half the overall rate. The number of students taking the Scholastic Assessment Tests (SAT) has increased by 15.9% from 1996 to 1999 and the number of students taking the ACT Assessment increased by 16.7%. The average SAT verbal score has increased by 2 points since 1996 but is still below the national mean. The SAT mathematics score, however, has risen to a few score points above the national mean. Statewide SAT performance appears to be associated to some degree with socioeconommic status, as does the average ACT score, which has also increased slightly. (SLD)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Postsecondary Education Commission, Sacramento.
Identifiers - Location: California