ERIC Number: ED510441
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 4
Career Planning: Students Need Help Starting Early and Staying Focused. Issues in College Readiness
Many students rely heavily on their interests when making college and career choices. Understanding how interests develop and relate to academic achievement will help high school counselors and other educators determine both when and how to help students prepare for college and a career. Students make more informed educational and career plans if they receive individualized and accurate feedback about their interests and academic achievement. ACT's Educational Planning and Assessment System[R] (EPAS) provides academic achievement, career interest, and educational planning information to eighth, tenth, and eleventh/twelfth grade students and their parents. ACT's Interest Inventory is a component of its three EPAS programs (EXPLORE[R], PLAN[R], and the ACT[R]) and is administered to students at each of these grade levels. Because such a large number of schools participate in EPAS, ACT is able to study the academic and career-interest development of students from middle school through high school. The sample for this study was based on 69,987 ACT-tested students who had participated in EPAS between 1997 and 2001. By following these students over time from eighth grade to high school graduation, several important questions were answered about students' academic achievement and career development. The answers to these questions enable counselors, teachers, and parents to assist students during important academic and career transitions.
Descriptors: Educational Planning, Career Planning, Academic Achievement, Interest Inventories, School Counselors, Career Development, School Readiness, Higher Education, Career Choice, College Choice, College Preparation, Secondary Education
ACT, Inc. 500 ACT Drive, P.O. Box 168, Iowa City, IA 52243-0168. Tel: 319-337-1270; Web site: http://www.act.org
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: ACT, Inc.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: ACT Interest Inventory