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ACT State Profile Reports: College Readiness

ACT State Profile Reports: College Readiness

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Want to find out how your state's 2013 graduating class performed on the ACT? This URL will take you there.

Pages 3,6,7,and 12 are my favorite pieces of data. Each state's report is 34 pages so it's helpful to know where to find important data. Page 12 is a number count of each score. Areas shaded a light green indicate students deemed college ready. Every high school that has students testing with the ACT also receives a report prior to the national data release that happened last week.


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Lina Raffaelli's picture
Lina Raffaelli
Former Community Engagement Intern at Edutopia

Thanks for sharing this report, both interesting & useful information. I appreciate you pointing out page numbers, because the document is so data-heavy that it seems overwhelming at first glance! I'm curious, since statewide assessment is such a broad-spectrum view, what pieces of info here do you think are the most valuable for educators at the school level?

Kira Holt's picture
Kira Holt
Educational Consultant/Writer

The same pages are important for schools. On page 12, in particular, school personnel can look at those students deemed college ready by ACT benchmarks. As important is looking at n-counts of students who are one or two points below college readiness. Those students are close yet could be placed in remedial classes at college, depending on school placement scores. Those students, if identified, are great candidates for bridge programs or targeted instruction to gain those few skills still needed.
Also on the high schools' reports, I like one of the last pages - it details top twenty-five or so colleges that students send score reports to. Can be helpful for college nights and when college recruitment officers are on high school campuses.

Laura Bradley, MA, NBCT's picture
Laura Bradley, MA, NBCT
Middle school English/Digital Design/Broadcast Media teacher

I got lost pretty quickly in all that data, and I'm wondering -- as a resident of the enormous state of California, how valuable is this data when it represents thousands of districts, hundreds of thousands of students, and such a variety of home and school settings? I'm sure the data of my own students, within my county or even just city, might be valuable, but when it covers the entire state, it seems less useful. What do you think?

Kira Holt's picture
Kira Holt
Educational Consultant/Writer

The CA graduating class of 2013 included data for around 107,000 students. Looking at WICHE data, the overall state senior population looked to be declining from a peak in 2011 to somewhere around 400,000 students in 2013. The report represents around a quarter of the population. I think state profiles provides a snapshot of how students within the state are performing in relation to college readiness. Certainly school or district data will provide a better idea of how students in a particular school or district are performing. I would look at local data and see how performance compares to state or national data. I would also look to local data to see how students performed according to ACT college readiness benchmarks. Where your district can really use their own data is to look at percent of students performing in each score band range for each subject area and then look at corresponding ACT college readiness standards. A district or school could then look at how much class time is directed to each standard and if students are mastering. This process takes lots of time but the alignment between ACT standards and Common Core standards is high.

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