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

ACT is committed to college and career readiness and success for all students. In our latest research report, entitled Affirming the Goal: Is College and Career Readiness an Internationally Competitive Standard?, ACT examines how performance standards in reading and math on PLAN®, the organization's college and career readiness assessment for 10th graders, compare to performance on the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a worldwide assessment of 15-year-old students' academic achievement.

The results show that the performance standard of college and career readiness—and therefore the new Common Core State Standards, which were designed to help all U.S. students become ready for college and career—is internationally competitive, falling well within the range of the highest-performing countries on PISA Reading and Math.


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