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ERIC Number: EJ889845
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr-15
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
For Good Measure
Galuszka, Peter
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v27 n5 p16-17 Apr 2010
Greybull is a small high school nestled among the graybrown buttes of northwestern Wyoming. As in five other states, juniors take the ACT test, not for college entry but to see how they perform and how curriculum might be improved. Principal Mark Fritz said that they do watch the scores and do make changes in the curriculum and that Wyoming has used the ACT as an assessment tool since 2005. Fritz has noted another trend--minorities tend to do better on the test when it becomes a routine. This article discusses how ethnic minority ACT scores spike in states where the test serves as a required high school competency. Using the six states as a base, academics are trying to assess how using the ACT test affects students and schools. Data is incomplete, but trends include improved performance by African-American or Hispanic students who generally score lower than Whites or Asian-Americans. ACT spokesman Scott Gomer says the test helps school systems identify weaknesses, which allows them to adjust their curriculum or teaching skills. Academics say minorities might perform better on the ACT because by making the test a requirement, it alleviates pressure for students who normally pay $47 to come in on a Saturday morning with No. 2 pencils and sweat out their futures for nearly four hours.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Colorado; Illinois; Iowa; Kentucky; Michigan; North Dakota; Wyoming
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: ACT Assessment