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Using Longitudinal Data Systems: How ACT, SAT and AP Results Can Increasingly Inform Policymaking, School Improvement and Student College Readiness - The Data Quality Campaign (DQC) recommends that state P-12 data systems include 10 essential elements so they can be used as a powerful tool for tracking and improving individual student progress as well as answering important policy and educational improvement questions. One of the essential elements addresses the need to collect student-level scores on these common college readiness indicators—the ACT, SAT and AP exams. Matching these scores with other student-level performance, course and program participation data can provide valuable information for educators to use when working with individual students about their progress toward college readiness. The information is also invaluable for policymakers, schools and districts to use when evaluating their efforts towards student preparation for postsecondary education. According to the DQC 2007 survey of state data systems, just four states have all ten elements in place and only 15 are counted as having the college readiness scores. (Data Quality Campaign, Jane Armstrong, Terry Bergner, Susan Hanes and Nancy Smith, August 2008)...

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