Explanation of Indicator:
The College Readiness report shows how students performed on the College Board SAT in the subjects of Evidence Based Reading and Writing and Mathematics. The data are important because college readiness means that a student can enter a college classroom, without remediation, and successfully complete entry-level college requirements. Students that are enrolled in remediation courses in their first year of college have only a 17-39% graduation rate (College Board 2004). In order for a student to be considered college ready there are skills, content knowledge and behaviors that must be acquired before leaving high school. The core areas of college readiness are:
- Strong intellectual growth throughout the primary and secondary years fostered by increasingly challenging content in the four core subjects and beyond.
- The ability to think critically and problem solve in the context of a continuously changing set of circumstances and realities.
- The advancement of reading, writing, and numeric skills that enable success in all college courses.
- The capacity to communicate effectively with individuals from a variety of cultural and professional backgrounds.
The SAT College Readiness data are based on the SAT with Essay administration completed during the Michigan Merit Examination in the spring of grade 11. After choosing the report year you can explore by entity (school, district, intermediate school district, and statewide), by subject: Evidence Based Reading and Writing, Mathematics, All Subjects and Total Score, and by different demographic categories such as race/ethnicity, gender, students with disabilities, economically disadvantaged, English language learners, homeless, and migrant students. Percentages and counts by performance level and mean scaled score can be viewed. You can also see how performance has been trending over time. Prior to the 2015-16 school year the ACT College Readiness examination was used to measure the proficiency of high school students in English, mathematics, reading, and science. The ACT scores displayed on MI School Data are from the ACT Plus Writing portion of the Michigan Merit Examination.
About the Data:
The SAT College Readiness data are based on the SAT with Essay administration completed during the Michigan Merit Examination in the spring of grade 11. The results are reported at the school where the students attend. The SAT Total Score reported for Michigan is the combined Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing, and Math Student Score. The Total Score range is 400 – 1600. The SAT Benchmarks represent the likelihood of success in entry-level college courses. The benchmark for Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing is 480 and 530 for Math. For additional information on understanding SAT scores, including the Essay scores, please visit the College Board website.
The ACT College Readiness data are based on ACT administrations completed during the Michigan Merit Examination in the spring of grade 11 for years previous to 2015-16. The results are reported at the school where the student tested. The ACT Composite Score is the average of four test scores, rounded to the nearest whole number. Fractions less than one-half are rounded down; fractions one-half or more are rounded up. The scoring range for the composite score is 1 to 36. Each ACT College Readiness Benchmark is the minimum score required on that multiple-choice ACT test- English, Math, Reading, or Science. The Benchmarks are empirically derived from the performance of a large, nationally representative sample of first-year students in two- and four-year postsecondary institutions. Therefore, each Benchmark represents a criterion for success for atypical student at a typical institution. For additional information about the ACT, composite score, and scoring please refer to the ACT website.