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The Educational Planning and Assessment System (EPAS) of the American College Testing Program consists of three testing programs: EXPLORE, PLAN, and the ACT Assessment Program (ACT). EXPLORE is administered in the 8th grade, PLAN in the 10th grade, and the ACT in the 11th or 12th grade. This study investigated relationships among the composite scores of these three test batteries and the relationships the three composite test scores have with high school grade point average (HSGPA). The primary interest of the study was whether taking a set of college preparatory courses, here labeled the "core" set of courses, has a positive relationship with students' ACT scores, when the students have identical EXPLORE scores before starting high school. The study presents evidence that the three test batteries comprising EPAS are valid and consistent measures of students' academic achievement. It also concludes that no matter what students' initial level of achievement, as represented by their EXPLORE composite scores, students who take the core set of courses are more likely to have higher ACT composite scores than students who take less than the core set of courses. (Author/SLD)

Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, College Preparation, Core Curriculum, High School Students, High Schools, Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools, Scores, Test Results

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Author: Woodruff, David J.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=7033&id=ED480900







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