ERIC Number: ED546851
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
Updating the ACT College Readiness Benchmarks. ACT Research Report Series 2013 (6)
The ACT College Readiness Benchmarks are the ACT® College Readiness Assessment scores associated with a 50% chance of earning a B or higher grade in typical first-year credit-bearing college courses. The Benchmarks also correspond to an approximate 75% chance of earning a C or higher grade in these courses. There are four Benchmarks, corresponding to the four ACT subject area test scores linked to common first-year courses: ACT English/English Composition I, ACT Mathematics/College Algebra, ACT Reading/social science courses, and ACT Science/Biology. This report updates the Benchmarks, first established in 2005, with more current data. We found no change in the English and Mathematics Benchmarks; the Reading Benchmark increased from 21 to 22; and the Science Benchmark decreased from 24 to 23. The ACT College Readiness Benchmarks are applicable to 11th and 12th grade students who take the ACT. ACT Explore® (grade 8 and 9) and ACT Plan® (grade 10) Benchmarks are the scores associated with a 50% chance of meeting the ACT Benchmarks. In this study, we also updated the Explore and Plan Benchmarks. This report describes potential uses of the Benchmarks, including 1) targets for monitoring K-12 academic progress, 2) indicators of academic readiness within multiple-measure systems for college course placement and intervention, and 3) indicators to monitor educational progress at the local, district, state, and national levels. The following tables are appended: (1) Course Content Codes Used for ACT Postsecondary Research; (2) Demographics of Student Samples by College Course; (3) Aggregate Academic Achievement of Student Samples by College Course; (4) Student Samples for Explore and Plan Benchmarks; (5) Parameter Estimates from Hierarchical Logistic Regression Models for Course Success; and (6) Parameter Estimates from Logistic Regression Models for Explore and Plan Benchmarks.
Descriptors: College Readiness, Benchmarking, High School Students, College Bound Students, Measures (Individuals), Student Placement, Progress Monitoring, Educational Indicators, Grade Point Average, Grades (Scholastic), Regression (Statistics), Statistical Analysis, Writing (Composition), Algebra, Social Sciences, Biology
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: ACT, Inc.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: ACT Assessment