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   ACTs Educational Planning and Assessment    System - College and Career Readiness    System   Adopted by Diocesan Dep...
College and Career ReadinessSystem                              Longitudinal Assessments8th–9th Grade                  10t...
36                     32         25ACT’s College and Career Readiness System
• EXPLORE shows students’ strengths and growth            areas in English, mathematics, reading, and science.          • ...
*The ACT Benchmark Score indicates a 50% chance of obtaining a “B” or a75% chance of obtaining a “C” in corresponding cred...
   Students should know the test structure   Reading is essential to success on all parts    of the test   It is a time...
   The test does not progress from easy to hard    in terms of subject matter   Students can miss half the questions on ...
   Lots of items; not a lot of time    So… work efficiently   Can miss quite a few; still get a good    score    So… don...
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Why EXPLORE September 2012

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Why EXPLORE Testing 2012
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Why EXPLORE September 2012

  1. 1.  ACTs Educational Planning and Assessment System - College and Career Readiness System Adopted by Diocesan Department of Catholic Schools in May of 2011 EXPLORE – Entry point of EPAS PLAN (10th grade) – Precursor to the ACT ACT – Predictor of success at entry level college coursework
  2. 2. College and Career ReadinessSystem Longitudinal Assessments8th–9th Grade 10th Grade 11th–12th GradeScore Scale: 1-25 Score Scale: 1-32 Score Scale: 1-36English, math, reading, science, with Career and Educational Components ACT EPAS Educational Planning and Assessment System They are achievement tests – tests of acquired or developed abilities. They are not going to tell you how smart – tells you the level of achievement.
  3. 3. 36 32 25ACT’s College and Career Readiness System
  4. 4. • EXPLORE shows students’ strengths and growth areas in English, mathematics, reading, and science. • EXPLORE helps students search for careers and learn which ones might be right for them. • EXPLORE helps students choose high school courses that will prepare them for college and work. • EXPLORE lets students know if they are on track for collegeSlide 4
  5. 5. *The ACT Benchmark Score indicates a 50% chance of obtaining a “B” or a75% chance of obtaining a “C” in corresponding credit-bearing college courses.
  6. 6.  Students should know the test structure Reading is essential to success on all parts of the test It is a timed test. Students may not have taken timed tests – especially with this much content The test is designed to have unanswerable questions All questions are worth the same number of points
  7. 7.  The test does not progress from easy to hard in terms of subject matter Students can miss half the questions on the tests and still score right at the benchmark in most areas. Ex. To score a 20 on the ACT, a student only has to answer 53% of the questions correctly.
  8. 8.  Lots of items; not a lot of time So… work efficiently Can miss quite a few; still get a good score So… don’t compare right/wrong ratio to other tests Every question within a section has the same value So… don’t puzzle over time-consuming questions Some of the items may be really difficult So… accept that you may be stumped. Guess! Difficulty levels are mixed together
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