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Understanding epas

  1. 2. Educational Planning and Assessment System English, mathematics, reading, science College Readiness Standards College Readiness Standards College Readiness Standards English, mathematics, reading, science English, mathematics, reading, science
  2. 3. EPAS Scales Relationship 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 EXPLORE PLAN ACT 32 25 36
  3. 4. College Readiness Standards (CRS) are the statements that represent widely held learning goals that are important for success in high school, college, and the world of work. The CRS link EXPLORE, PLAN, and the ACT Assessment scores to curriculum and instructional decision making. College Readiness Standards
  4. 5. College Readiness Standards by Learning Strands and Score Ranges Scores are seen as Assessment for Achievement, rather than Assessment of Achievement! Standards: Standards: Standards: Standards: Standards: Standards: 20-23 16-19 ideas for progress ideas for progress Basic Operations and . . . Probability, Statistics, & Data . . . Numbers: Concepts & Properties
  5. 6. ACT College Readiness Standards Kentucky 2006
  6. 7. ACT CRS Ranges Page 12
  7. 8. PLAN & EXPLORE Score Reports
  8. 9. PLAN & EXPLORE Score Reports
  9. 10. CRS and Your Curriculum <ul><li>Review of state objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Review of state approved textbooks </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration with national teacher organizations: NCTM, NCTE, IRA, NSTA </li></ul><ul><li>Local item writers </li></ul><ul><li>National Curriculum Survey </li></ul><ul><li>Comparisons with over 35 states’ curriculum frameworks, including Kentucky </li></ul><ul><li>Worksheets for local comparison </li></ul>
  10. 12. EXPLORE & PLAN CRS Standards Reports and Guides
  11. 13. Improving Academic Achievement <ul><li>CRS – Guides </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Examples of test items by Strand by Score Range </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Suggestions for strategies and assessments by Strands </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Special Section: “Using Assessment Information to Help Support Low-Scoring Students” </li></ul></ul>
  12. 14. College Readiness Benchmark Scores * The ACT Benchmark Score indicates a 50% chance of obtaining a “B” or a 75% chance of obtaining a “C” in corresponding credit-bearing college courses. College Course or Course Area Test EXPLORE PLAN ACT* English Composition English 13 15 18 Social Sciences Reading 15 17 21 Algebra Math 17 19 22 Biology Science 20 21 24
  13. 15. Percent of Kentucky Graduating Seniors Meeting College Readiness Benchmark Scores
  14. 16. <ul><li>Do my scores indicate that I am on track to being ready to succeed in college courses? </li></ul>PLAN & EXPLORE Score Reports
  15. 17. Title screenCourses Count     
  16. 18. Meeting Benchmarks by Courses Taken
  17. 19. Math Courses Count
  18. 20. Science Courses Count
  19. 21. Courses Count!
  20. 22. Gain KC=13% TN=5% Gain KC=9% TN=4% Gain KC=9% TN=3% Gain KC=7% TN=3% Gain KC=7% TN=2%
  21. 24. Reading Between the Lines <ul><li>Those ACT-tested students who can read complex texts are more likely to be ready for college </li></ul><ul><li>Performance on complex texts is the clearest differentiator in reading between students who are likely to be ready for college and those who are not. And this is true for both genders, all racial/ethnic groups, and all annual family income levels </li></ul>
  22. 25. Reading Between the Lines <ul><li>More students are on track to being ready for college-level reading in 8 th & 9 th grade than are actually ready by the time they reach 12 th grade </li></ul><ul><li>Not enough high school teachers are teaching reading skills or strategies and many students are victims of teachers’ low expectations </li></ul>
  23. 26. Reading Between the Lines Kentucky Report
  24. 27. Reading Between the Lines <ul><li>Recommendations include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide high school teachers in Kentucky with professional development training to help them incorporate the kinds of complex text and instruction into their courses that will help increase students’ readiness for college-level reading. . . . </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Page 7, KY Reading Report </li></ul></ul>
  25. 28. <ul><li>What are the components of high school courses that prepare students for successful entry into postsecondary education without the need for remediation? </li></ul>ACT and Education Trust
  26. 29. On Course for Success ACT and Education Trust <ul><li>Selection criteria </li></ul><ul><ul><li>40% minority or 50% free/reduced lunch </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strong performance on Benchmarks </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Common “success resources” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>College-oriented content in the courses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Qualified and experienced teachers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teaching that is flexible and responsive to students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Extra student support when needed </li></ul></ul>
  27. 30. <ul><li>Content and strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Textbook-shaped, college preparatory </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher-directed, constant flow of questioning </li></ul><ul><li>“ Exposition and questioning” </li></ul><ul><li>Students expected to </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ act like scholars” in the field </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>practice good work habits </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Outside-of-class academic support </li></ul>On Course for Success ACT and Education Trust
  28. 31. <ul><li>Chapters IV, V, VI </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Composite syllabi in each discipline </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discussion of each syllabus </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Syllabus for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Geometry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Algebra II </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Precalculus </li></ul></ul>On Course for Success ACT and Education Trust <ul><ul><li>English - Grade 10 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>English - Grade 11 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Biology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chemistry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Physics </li></ul></ul>
  29. 32. A Grading Scale
  30. 35. Other Reports <ul><li>Intervention Rosters – EXPLORE and PLAN </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Self-reported Needs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t plan to finish high school or no postsecondary plans </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Intervention Roster – EXPLORE only </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Scoring in lowest 10 th percentile </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Intervention Rosters – PLAN only </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2 Rosters related to college planning </li></ul></ul><ul><li>CRS Report and 5 Guides – EXPLORE and PLAN </li></ul>
  31. 36. Resources www.act.org/ew/resources
  32. 37. College Readiness Begins in Middle School On Course for Success Reading Between the Lines Courses Count
  33. 38. Policy Reports
  34. 39. Policy Reports
  35. 40. Policy Reports
  36. 41. Other Research <ul><li>Ready for College and Ready for Work: Same or Different </li></ul><ul><li>Schools Involving Parents in Early Postsecondary Planning </li></ul><ul><li>School Relationships Foster Success for African American Students </li></ul>

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