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ERIC Number: ED510536
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Do Current State Standards and Assessments Reflect College Readiness?: A Case Study. Issues in College Readiness
ACT, Inc.
Do state standards and assessments provide accurate, meaningful information about the college readiness levels of the state's high school students? To suggest an answer to this question, this study examined data from one state in which students in grades 8 and 10 take both a statewide assessment and the corresponding component of ACT's Educational Planning and Assessment System (EPAS)[TM]. EPAS consists of three programs: (1) EXPLORE[R], for students in grades 8 and 9, which provides baseline information on the academic preparation of students that can be used to plan high school coursework; (2) PLAN, for students in grade 10, which provides a midpoint review of students' progress toward their education and career goals while there is still time to make necessary interventions; and (3) The ACT Assessment[R] (or "ACT"), for students in grades 11 and 12, which measures students' academic readiness to make successful transitions to college and work after high school. The results of this study show that in at least one case there is evidence that state standards and state assessments alone do not accurately reflect the college readiness levels of the students in the state. This study demonstrates that using EXPLORE/PLAN in conjunction with a state assessment increases the likelihood that the state's students will be ready for college and work by the time they finish high school. (Contains 1 table, 4 figures and 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: ACT, Inc.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: ACT Assessment