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Camara, Wayne J.; Allen, Jeff – ACT, Inc., 2017
Students must choose when to take the ACT for the first time and if and when to retest. States and districts that administer the ACT test to all students must also choose when to administer the test. A key consideration in making these decisions is the impact on scores. Because the ACT is a curriculum-based test of academic achievement, students…
Descriptors: Scores, Time Perspective, Scheduling, Testing
Allen, Jeff; Radunzel, Justine; Moore, Joann – ACT, Inc., 2017
The ACT College Readiness Benchmarks are the ACT scores associated with a 50% chance of earning a B or higher grade in selected first-year credit-bearing courses at a typical postsecondary institution. The Benchmarks were established by linking ACT test scores with grades in first-year college courses from the same subject area. Benchmarks were…
Descriptors: Standard Setting, Probability, Success, Benchmarking
Latino, Christian A.; Way, Jason; Colbow, Alexander; Bouwers, Samantha; Casillas, Alex; McKinniss, Tamera – ACT, Inc., 2017
As part of ACT's Holistic Framework, ACT researchers developed a Behavioral Skills Framework that can be used to assess behavior in education and work settings. By utilizing specific statements of effective behaviors, known as performance level descriptors (PLDs) (e.g., communicating well in group tasks), the Behavioral Skills Framework is…
Descriptors: Interpersonal Competence, Behavior Rating Scales, Classification, Behavioral Objectives
Iowa Department of Education, 2017
Data and information are important components of school improvement. They show how schools are changing and how students are progressing. Providing and interpreting data is one of the critical functions of the Iowa Department of Education. The annual Condition of Education report provides valuable data about students, educators and school…
Descriptors: Special Education, Enrollment Trends, Early Childhood Education, Teacher Salaries
Irvin, Jay Andrew – ProQuest LLC, 2017
The purpose of this study was to investigate and identify possible relationships between academic achievement, as measured by high school graduation rate and ACT composite scores of individual school districts within the state of Tennessee, and the per-pupil expenditure of each district. Research was conducted to determine whether a significant…
Descriptors: Expenditure per Student, Graduation Rate, College Entrance Examinations, Scores
Texas Education Agency, 2017
The Texas Education Agency's (TEA's) 2017 Annual Report is intended to shine light on the agency's commitment to ensuring that every one of the more than five million public school students in Texas is prepared for success in college, a career or the military. In Texas public schools: (1) Graduation rates are at an all-time high and put Texas in…
Descriptors: Educational Planning, Strategic Planning, Statewide Planning, State Departments of Education
Tennessee Higher Education Commission, 2017
The "Annual Joint Report on Pre-Kindergarten through Higher Education in Tennessee" complies with the requirements established in T.C.A. § 49-1-302(a)(10). State law directs the State Board of Education (SBE) and the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) to provide an annual report to the Governor, the General Assembly, all public…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Public Education
Nebraska's Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education, 2017
This report provides the Nebraska Legislature with comparative statistics to monitor and evaluate progress toward achieving "three key priorities" for Nebraska's postsecondary education system: (1) Increase the number of students who enter postsecondary education in Nebraska; (2) Increase the percentage of students who enroll and…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Graduation Rate, Dropout Rate, Educational Attainment
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Warne, Russell T. – SAGE Open, 2017
With more than 3 million participants per year, the Advanced Placement (AP) program is one of the most popular programs in the United States for exposing high-achieving high school students to advanced academic content. Sponsored by the College Board, the AP program provides a framework in which high school teachers can teach introductory…
Descriptors: Advanced Placement Programs, Program Effectiveness, High School Students, College Credits
Flory, Michael; Sun, Chris – CNA Corporation, 2017
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides greater flexibility in state accountability systems than did previous federal legislation. In response, many states continue to refine their accountability systems to include college readiness tests, including college admissions and placement exams. This paper summarizes perspectives of K-12…
Descriptors: College Readiness, College Entrance Examinations, Student Placement, Educational Legislation
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Lee, Jaekyung; Weis, Lois; Liu, Keqiao; Kang, Chungseo – Journal of Higher Education, 2017
Through multilevel analyses of Educational Longitudinal Study and National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)-Barron's data sets, this study examined unequal chances for college enrollment for students from different high school types and locations. The study shows that students from more privileged high school sectors are able to maximize…
Descriptors: High Schools, Student Characteristics, Catholic Schools, Private Schools
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Yu, Hongwei – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2017
Student retention has garnered increased attentions in higher education. Drawing from various theoretical perspectives, researchers have developed multiple theoretical models to explain or predict student retention. Most models, however, were intended for traditional aged, full-time students at 4-year colleges or universities. The rapid growth of…
Descriptors: Two Year College Students, Community Colleges, Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence
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Frey, Regina F.; Cahill, Michael J.; McDaniel, Mark A. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2017
One primary goal of many science courses is for students to learn creative problem-solving skills; that is, integrating concepts, explaining concepts in a problem context, and using concepts to solve problems. However, what science instructors see is that many students, even those having excellent SAT/ACT and Advanced Placement scores, struggle in…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Problem Solving, Predictor Variables, Chemistry
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Wu, Jennifer; Kraemer, Philipp – Teaching of Psychology, 2017
This project describes the results from a large enrollment introductory psychology course specially designed to improve performance of first-year students. The main objective of the project was to identify early indicators of student success to inform future teaching and promote classroom engagement. Variables representing academic preparation,…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Introductory Courses, Psychology, Academic Achievement
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Heiny, Robert L.; Heiny, Erik L.; Raymond, Karen – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2017
Two approaches, Linear Discriminant Analysis, and Logistic Regression are used and compared to predict success or failure for first-time freshmen in the first calculus course at a medium-sized public, 4-year institution prior to Fall registration. The predictor variables are high school GPA, the number, and GPA's of college prep mathematics…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, College Mathematics, Calculus, Student Placement
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