ERIC Number: ED460139
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Results of College Admissions Testing in Texas for 1999-00 Graduating Seniors.
Texas Education Agency, Austin. Div. of Research and Evaluation.
The participation and performance of 1999-2000 public school graduates in Texas on the College Board's SAT I: Reasoning Test and the ACT, Inc., ACT Assessment were investigated, along with results from other states and the United States. The highest combined number of Texas public school graduates ever, 120,077 or 62.2%, took either the SAT I or ACT before or during 1999-2000. That is, a greater number of Texas graduates than ever before received feedback through these programs about their academic readiness for college. 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, (32,747 students), was highest in 2000. The percentage of SAT-1- and ACT-tested graduates scoring within these higher ranges on either test was 27.3% in 2000, a 2.3 percentage point gain since 1991. African Americans, Hispanics, Whites, males, and females all showed similar trends in overall improvement since 1991. Most encouraging for all Texas graduates was that, while the numbers tested increased since 1999, the state's mean performance held steady at 20.3 on the ACT Composite and 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 completed an ACT-defined core set of academic courses. 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 60 references.) (Author/SLD)
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, High School Seniors, High Schools, Public Schools, Racial Differences, Scores, Test Results
Texas Education Agency, Publications Distribution, P.O. Box 13817, Austin, TX 78711-3817 ($14.50). Tel: 512-475-3523; Web site: http://www.tea.state.tx.us/research/.
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