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ERIC Number: ED542012
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Pages: 96
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
Tracking 2003 ACT[R]-Tested High School Graduates: College Readiness, Enrollment, and Long-Term Success. ACT Research Report Series, 2012 (2)
Radunzel, Justine; Noble, Julie
ACT, Inc.
This study examined the relationships between multiple measures of college readiness and success in college. Outcomes included enrollment in college immediately after high school, retention in college, and degree completion. College readiness indicators at time of high school graduation included ACT[R] scores and Benchmark attainment, high school coursework taken, and grade point average. College success was also evaluated by early readiness indicators, individually and in combination, from grade 8 through grade 11/12. The primary data sources for the study consisted of all ACT-tested 2003 high school graduates (for enrollment) and a stratified random sample of 24,850 of these high school graduates who immediately enrolled in college in fall 2003 (for retention and degree completion). Over 5,000 of the enrolled students had also participated in EXPLORE[R] and PLAN[R]. Results were disaggregated by institution type. The results of this study demonstrate the importance of college readiness for enrollment in college and for persistence to timely degree completion. This study also documents the benefits of a longitudinal assessment system for monitoring students' readiness early and often. A longitudinal system provides an infrastructure to intervene and better prepare students for college and career, before they graduate from high school. Tables are appended. (Contains 23 tables, 22 figures and 27 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: ACT, Inc.