ERIC Number: ED546778
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Reference Count: N/A
The Condition of STEM 2013: National
ACT has been a leader in measuring college and career readiness trends for years. Each August, they release "The Condition of College & Career Readiness" (www.act.org/ newsroom/data/2013), their annual report on the progress of the ACT-tested graduating class relative to college readiness. Nationally, 54.3% of the 2013 graduating class took the ACT® college readiness assessment. The continued increase of test takers enhances the breadth and depth of the data pool, providing a comprehensive picture of the current college readiness levels of the graduating class as well as offering a glimpse of the emerging national educational pipeline. It also allows them to review various aspects of the ACT-tested 2013 graduating class. This report reviews the graduating class in the context of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)-related fields. ACT is uniquely positioned to deliver this report for two key reasons. First is their commitment to science by the inclusion of subject-level science tests in their assessments. Second is a research-based measure of interests, the ACT Interest Inventory, with which they are able to determine student interest levels in specific STEM fields and, more importantly, readiness in math and science of those interested in STEM careers. The report breaks the graduating class into four STEM-related cohorts: (1) Students who have an expressed and measured interest in STEM; (2) Students who have an expressed interest only; (3) Students who have a measured interest only; and (4) Students with no interest in STEM. Essentially, a student who has an expressed interest in STEM is choosing a major or occupation (out of the 294 listed in the Standard Profile Section of the ACT) that corresponds with STEM fields. A measured interest utilizes the ACT Interest Inventory, an inventory delivered with the ACT that determines inherent interest in different occupations and majors. The "College Choice Report" (www.act.org/collegechoice/13-14) details it is important to align students' expressed and measured interests relative to postsecondary enrollment. In this report, the authors primarily review the academic achievement of students in each of these cohorts as measured by the ACT College Readiness Benchmarks. Finally, they look at academic achievement levels, particularly in math and science, by race/ethnicity, gender, parents' level of education, and educational aspirations.
Descriptors: STEM Education, Statistical Data, College Readiness, Science Achievement, Mathematics Achievement, Engineering Education, Technology Education, Student Interests, Majors (Students), College Entrance Examinations, Standardized Tests, Achievement Tests, Ethnicity, Academic Aspiration, Gender Differences, Educational Attainment, Computer Science Education, Medical Education, Health Education, Parent Background, Information Sources
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 - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: ACT, Inc.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: ACT Assessment