ERIC Number: ED510535
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 0
Incorporating ACT Scores into Your Statewide Assessment. Issues in College Readiness
One of the most challenging issues a state must resolve in designing a statewide standards and college readiness assessment is that of how student scores should be reported. The ACT is an effective and reliable measure of student readiness for college and work, but in some cases states may wish to augment the ACT with tests of their own design. In these cases where multiple tests from different sources are included in the student assessment, how does an individual create a common score scale that combines information about student achievement across tests? This question is frequently asked of ACT by states that use, or are considering using, the ACT as part of their state assessment. ACT's simple, straightforward approach is based on the use of "scale" scores, in which raw scores from different forms of an assessment are converted to a common scale for reporting, and scale scores from assessments with differing requirements or differing numbers of items are combined onto a single, common scale. This method ensures both that equivalent scores on the different forms of the assessments will refer to an equivalent level of achievement and that equivalent aggregate scores made up of the individual scale scores from each assessment will refer to an equivalent level of achievement.
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Raw Scores, Achievement Rating, School Readiness, Comparative Analysis, Comparative Testing, State Standards, Equated Scores, Rating Scales
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 - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Authoring Institution: ACT, Inc.