PLAN® is designed to provide tenth-graders with measures of their attainment of knowledge and complex critical thinking skills acquired in the early years of high school. Assessment results assist students/parents/educators in decision-making about educational career plans, interest, and high school course work plans. The test covers four content areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science reasoning. The composite score is the average of the scale scores from the four areas. Sample questions may be found on the ACT PLAN website.
The parent/guardian will receive a student report that indicates levels of performance in each of the content areas. Student performance is a comparison to the performance of the national sample population of students. In addition, information about the student’s educational career plans, interests, high school course work plans and self-identified needs for assistance is gathered and reported.
West Virginia PLAN trend data is provided by county and subgroup beginning with 2000 and by school beginning with 2009. English, mathematics, reading, science and composite mean scale scores are provided.
PLAN® results provide tenth grade students with an indication of their educational progress within the context of their post-high educational and career plans. The results from PLAN® can be used by tenth graders to make selections in their coursework to help ensure that they are prepared for what they want to do after high school. West Virginia Board of Education Policy 2510: Assuring the Quality of Education – Regulations for Education Programs requires students to choose career majors and to create the second part of their individual student transition plans establishing a career major by the end of the tenth grade. Results from PLAN can be used by tenth graders to develop their individual transition plans for grades eleven through post-secondary.
ACT researchers found that PLAN test scores are good predictors of success on related AP courses. Schools and counties receive rosters identifying the students who have potential to be selected in AP courses based upon their PLAN results.