2009 ACT National Curriculum Survey

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.

Math Matters: The Links between High School Curriculum, College Graduation, and Earnings

This study uses a nationally representative sample of students that were in grade 10 in 1980 that took the High School and Beyond Survey. The findings indicate that math courses do play an important role in predicting postsecondary education success for both men and women and students of different ethnic backgrounds, and students that took more advanced math courses on average had higher earnings.

Reaching the Goal: The Applicability and Importance of the Common Core State Standards to College and Career Readiness

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.

Exploring the Feasibility of Dual-Credit Mathematics Courses in High School Via A Web-Enhanced, Blended Model

This paper in the Journal of General Education reports on a study of the The WVEB Mathematics Project. The sample included 1,322 students enrolled in the WVEB Mathematics Project in West Virginia compared to matched peers who took equivalent on-campus courses. Students enrolled in both on-campus and high school WVEB sections showed moderate gains on the ACT scores.

STEM Learning In Afterschool: An Analysis of Impact and Outcomes

This report from the Afterschool Alliance looks at afterschool programs designed to improve science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills, especially in students from underrepresented populations. The report analyzes evaluation reports on a variety of afterschool STEM programs and finds that benefits of these programs include improved attitudes about STEM fields and careers, increased STEM knowledge and skills, and higher likelihood of graduation and pursuing a STEM career.

Affirming the Goal: Is College and Career Readiness an Internationally Competitive Standard?

This brief from ACT, Inc. compares U.S. performance standards in reading and mathematics to those of other countries to determine if they are internationally competitive. The authors determine that the results of their research indicates the standards are competitive and also reinforce ACT's definition of college and career readiness as the appropriate goal for U.S. education to follow. The report goes on to list reasons why the U.S.

The Case for Being Bold: A New Agenda for Business in Improving STEM Education

This Institute for Competitive Workforce report encourages business leaders to improve science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education by strengthening academic standards and curriculum, rethinking teacher hiring and preparation, and promoting schooling models that leverage technology and segmented services.

Closing the Expectations Gap 2011: Sixth Annual 50-state Progress Report

This sixth annual 50-state progress report from Achieve, Inc., on the alignment of high school policies and practices with the demands of college and careers as part of the American Diploma Project. The report finds that 20 states and the District of Columbia have established requirements that all high school graduates must complete a college- and career-ready curriculum that includes at least mathematics at the level of an Algebra II course (or its equivalent) and four years of grade-level English to earn a high school diploma.


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