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ERIC Number: ED504646
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 27
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
EPAS[R] State of the Nation Report, 2007: Mathematics
ACT, Inc.
The purpose of this report is to examine results in mathematics for the ACT Educational Planning and Assessment System (EPAS) in schools nationwide. EPAS consists of three programs: EXPLORE[R] (for students in grade 8 or 9), PLAN[R] (for students in grade 10), and the ACT[R] test (for students in grade 11 or 12). The following questions are addressed: (1) Has the mathematics achievement of high school graduates improved between 2003 and 2007? (2) Are 2007 high school graduates better prepared than 2003 graduates for college-level mathematics? (3) What factors affect the academic achievement and college readiness of high school students in mathematics? (4) Are 2007 eighth and tenth graders more likely than 2003 students to be on target to graduate from high school ready for college-level mathematics? (5) How ready for college-level mathematics are students in the educational pipeline across grades 8, 10, and 12? and (6) What is the relationship between college readiness in mathematics and college success for high school graduates? Findings indicate that students who participate in EPAS are more likely to enroll in college and re-enroll at the same college their second year. Results for high school students nationally show that positive developments are occurring. The report offers six recommendations for continuing to improve the college and workforce readiness in mathematics of students nationally: (1) Continue to encourage more students to take the core curriculum and higher-level mathematics coursework; (2) Review and evaluate the rigor and content of high school courses in mathematics; (3) Establish high expectations for all students, monitor their progress through high school at becoming ready for college, and encourage all students to take the ACT in their junior year; (4) Provide student guidance; (5) Use EPAS data at the classroom level to facilitate needed interventions with students who are falling behind; and (6) Continue to evaluate and align the mathematics curriculum with both high school standards and college and workplace readiness standards. (Contains 19 figures and 9 tables.)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: ACT, Inc.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: ACT Assessment