National Reports

National Overview: Measuring College and Career Readiness

Measuring College and Career Readiness represents a snapshot of the ACT-tested graduates in the class of 2009 and focuses on their readiness for college and careers. Designed to inform policymakers and practitioners about selected indicators of effectiveness, it is not intended to be comprehensive but instead is designed to help stimulate discussion, inquiry and action.

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2009 ACT National Profile Report

Academic Achievement and Nonacademic Characteristics of ACT-Tested Graduates
Full Report ACT Profile Report — National
(includes all sections listed below)
 
Section I Executive Summary
 
Section II Academic Achievement
 
Section III College Readiness and the Impact of Course Rigor
 
Section IV Career and Educational Aspirations
 
Section V Optional Writing Test Results
 

Appendix

The results profiled in this report are based on all students who took the ACT during their sophomore, junior or senior year and who graduated from high school in the spring of 2009. If a student tested more than once, only his/her most recent test record is used. Due to the increasing number of repeat test-takers, ACT expanded the number of student-specific variables used to match multiple student records in 2002. Those students who tested residually or under extended time conditions are not included.

It should be noted that graduating students who take the ACT are not necessarily representative of graduating students nationally. Students who live in the Midwest, Rocky Mountains, Plains and southern regions of the country are overrepresented among ACT-tested students as compared to graduating students nationally.

Caution should be used in making comparisons between state and national norms. State norms may differ from national norms for noneducational reasons, such as the demographic makeup of a state's ACT-tested graduates compared to the nation.

Since the ACT is designed for students who plan to attend college, the focus is on students who completed the recommended college preparatory courses. The recommended college core courses, as defined by ACT, include:

English (four years or more)
One year credit each for English 9, English 10, English 11, English 12
 
Mathematics (three years or more)
One year credit each for Algebra I, Algebra II, geometry
One-half year credit each for trigonometry, calculus (not pre-calculus), other math courses beyond Algebra II, computer math/computer science
 
Social Sciences (three years or more)
One year credit each for American history, world history, American government
One-half year credit each for economics, geography, psychology, other history
 
Natural Sciences (three years or more)
One year credit each for general/physical/Earth science, biology, chemistry, physics

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