Thursday, July 2, 2009

Environment-Based Education and Higher Performance on the ACT College Entry Exam

Does environemnt-based education improve a child's abilty to get into a good college?

The ACT® college entrance test assesses high school students' educational development and ability to do college-level work. The multiple-choice tests cover four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science. The optional writing test, which is optional, measures skill in planning and writing a short essay. See ACT site for added background.
While performance on standardized tests is by no means the sole measure of educational success ther eis evidence that perfomance on the ACT exam can be given a boost through environmental education. At the School for Environmental Studies in Minnesota for example, a 2000 survey showed that students have exceeded state and national standards and are motivated and self-directed learners. The School for Environmental Studies students scored 24.2 on the ACT, compared to a Minnesota state average of 22.5 and a national average of 21.1.
Download Report: see page 29. National Environmental Education Foundation and North American Association for Environmental Education.

(NEETF & NAAEE, 2000).

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