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Ideas for Progress: Science, Range 24–27

To enhance their skills in each science-related strand, students who score in the 24–27 score range on the ACT® college readiness assessment may benefit from activities that encourage them to do the following:

Score Range 24–27
Interpretation of Data
  • relate information contained in formal scientific text to numerical data
  • manipulate algebraic equations that represent relationships in data (e.g., y = mx + b)
  • make a prediction about the value of a specific variable based on a trend displayed in a table or graph
  • engage in class discussions to debate the data used in student research, its presentation, and the interpretation of the results
  • identify mathematical relationships from data sets found in science articles and reviews of scientific research
  • utilize data sets from online sources to perform mathematical analyses, and make predictions based on those analyses
Scientific Investigations
  • generate the hypothesis for an experiment that will require more than one step
  • brainstorm alternative methods of testing a hypothesis, identifying the advantages and disadvantages of each method
  • redesign an experiment to test a new hypothesis
Evaluation of Models
  • communicate the findings of a long-term group investigation, and defend conclusions to fellow investigators
  • read multiple experiments that explore the same question, and determine how the findings are consistent or inconsistent
  • decide whether information gathered in a new experiment supports or contradicts a model
  • explain how a model allows for a prediction about a real-life scenario