About the ACT College Readiness Benchmarks linking study

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Introduction
The College Readiness Benchmarks Study predicts performance on the ACT® achievement tests in reading and mathematics using scores on MAP Growth assessments for reading and mathematics for students in grades 5 through 10. The study document contains data for grades 5-9, while MAP Growth reports contain data for grades 5-10.

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The ACT® College Readiness Benchmarks Study identifies MAP Growth cut scores that correspond to published college readiness benchmarks on the ACT, and provides a set of tables to help teachers and parents gauge whether a student is on track in their preparation for college success.

 
What do the scores mean?

Similar to other linking studies, the ACT College Readiness Benchmark study correlates student RIT scores with future scores on a particular test (in this case, the ACT). While most linking studies correlate a RIT score to another test that the student will take later in the same year, this linking study correlates the student’s RIT score to the ACT test when they take it later in high school.
  • Not On Track: Based on the student’s current RIT score, they are likely to score lower than a 22 when they take the ACT later in high school. This student may not be on track for college readiness.
  • On Track 22: Based on the student’s current RIT score, they are likely to score between 22 and 24 when they take the ACT later in high school. This student may be on track for college readiness.
  • On Track 24: Based on the student’s current RIT score, they are likely to score a 24 for higher when they take the ACT later in high school. This student is likely to be on track for college readiness.

For more details, see the College Readiness Benchmarks Study document.


What grades and subjects are the ACT college readiness scores available for?

ACT college readiness benchmarks are available for the following grades and subjects:
  • On MAP reports: Grades 5-10; reading and mathematics
  • In the study document: Grades 5-9; reading and mathematics

You can also see cut scores for grades 5-10 in reading and mathematics in the Comparative Data to Inform Instructional Decisions paper.

Which reports show ACT college readiness information?

ACT college readiness scores are available on all reports that show projected proficiency information. See Where can I find what RIT score correlates to scores on our state proficiency test?

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