ERIC Number: ED510475
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Reference Count: N/A
What Are ACT's College Readiness Benchmarks? Issues in College Readiness
This article presents questions and answers about ACT's College Readiness Benchmarks. ACT's College Readiness Benchmarks are the minimum ACT test scores required for students to have a high probability of success in credit-bearing college courses--English Composition, social sciences courses, College Algebra, or Biology. Colleges can use the Benchmarks for the ACT as one among several criteria for admission or as a foundation for determining course placement scores. States can use the Benchmarks as a tool for establishing minimum standards for high school graduation in statewide assessment contexts that are aimed at preparing high school graduates for postsecondary education. In all the above cases, the Benchmarks offer users a concise, reliable method of articulating postsecondary expectations to middle schools and high schools so that timely interventions can be made.
Descriptors: High Schools, Middle Schools, Social Sciences, High School Graduates, Algebra, Graduation Requirements, School Readiness, Higher Education, College Bound Students, Measurement, Benchmarking, Student Evaluation, Scores, Intervention, Academic Achievement, Postsecondary Education, College Preparation, College Mathematics, Freshman Composition, College English, Biology, College Science, Academic Standards, Student Placement, Aptitude Tests, College Entrance Examinations
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: High Schools; Higher Education; Middle Schools; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: ACT, Inc.
IES Cited: ED555627