This resource from the ACT surveys teachers’ educational practices and expectations in English/writing, reading, mathematics, and science. The purpose of the survey is to determine the skills and knowledge that are currently being taught, in addition to those considered important for success for college readiness. It found that the skills rated most highly by postsecondary instructors across the content areas included reading, English and language arts, writing, communication skills, mathematics, science, and critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
This report by EPIC reveals that students who are generally proficient in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) will likely be ready for a wide range of postsecondary courses. The more CCSS in which they are proficient, the wider the range of postsecondary-level classes they will be ready to undertake.
This report by The College Board presents national, state, and Advanced Placement (AP) data for public school students. It describes trends in overall participation, participation rates of traditionally underserved student populations, achievement rates on science and math exams, and how policymakers and educators can support student success.
This report sponsored by the National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences discusses the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) scores in science for 2009. The results reveal differences in students’ performance based on demographic characteristics. The scores also show differences across the country in how states compare to the national average.
This ACT, Inc., policy report discusses and investigates the inconsistencies between a typical high school curriculum and what a student needs to know in order to be prepared for the workforce or postsecondary education. The report also stresses that the lack of academic rigor found in many high schools plays a part in the ensuing disconnect.
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Increased globalization of the economy has led educators and political leaders to recognize the need to transform education in order to prepare students to succeed in the global economy. For high schools, this means that for students to graduate ready for college and careers, they must be able to perform well not only nationally, but also among their international peers.