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5 Recommendations from The Condition of College and Career Readiness 2018

ACT score data over the years have consistently shown that educational outcomes among US high school graduates—in the form of academic readiness for college and career—are stagnant, and this year’s results suggest they may even be trending down.

Policymakers and educators must take strong, swift actions to reverse this course. The goal should be for all young people to have access to a high-quality, holistic education that will get them on target for college readiness or career readiness by the time they graduate from high school.

To help meet this goal, ACT has prepared 5 recommendations and provided resources to help you get started.

See the Recommendations for Districts, States, and Policymakers (PDF).

Creating a Comprehensive Assessment Plan

Assessments based on college and career readiness standards and aligned to your curriculum are the best way to determine whether students are on track for success. Preparing students for college and 21st-century careers requires continual monitoring of students’ progress through all stages of their education. A comprehensive assessment plan designed with this in mind will provide you with longitudinal data that can help keep students on track toward graduation and ensure they’re ready for what comes next.

A successful comprehensive assessment plan should:

  • Set students up for success; get them on track from the start
  • Keep students on track and indicate when to intervene
  • Predict college readiness scores and help students improve where needed
  • Measure students’ college readiness, indicate career readiness, and inform steps for improvement
  • Include social and emotional learning measures for factors that most affect success

Download this activity to learn how to create a comprehensive assessment plan (PDF) to track students’ yearly progress, predict future growth, intervene before it’s too late, and adjust your curriculum to meet areas of need.

Learn from ACT Experts Who’ve Been in Your Shoes

Before joining ACT, many of our employees established careers in K12 education, postsecondary education, and workforce development. We asked them to share their experiences and insights from having been both an ACT customer and ACT employee.

Look for these videos throughout the year.

Best Practices

Connecting Student Growth: Elementary to High School

 

Four years ago, the Fox C-6 District, near St. Louis MO, created a comprehensive assessment plan that has allowed them to do much more than monitor students’ academic progress. Counselors and teachers use score reports to start conversations with students and parents about their future.

Read the full story: Fox C-6 District: Connecting Student Growth (PDF)

Professional Development

2018 ACT College and Career Readiness Webinar

Join us for an upcoming live webinar: 2018 ACT College and Career Readiness Webinar

Preparing students for the next step isn’t what it used to be. But when you have the right information at the right time, it can be easier. During this free webinar, you’ll discover new free resources, learn how to develop a comprehensive assessment plan, and hear best practices from schools around the US. 


School Characteristics, School Climate, & Student Outcomes: What’s the Connection?

School leaders identify school safety as one of the most pressing challenges they face today. But how can you measure and address the factors related to school climate and safety and the effect it has on students?   


Ready for What? What Matters for College and Career

“College and career readiness” is a common phrase used to describe a desired level of achievement for success after high school. But, what does “college and career readiness” mean? Is readiness for college and readiness for career the same?

You’ll walk away armed with the knowledge of how to measure the progress of all students toward college readiness and career readiness. Researchers who developed a scaled framework will provide clarity about “readiness” and what it takes to be “ready” across the education and work continuum.

Upcoming Dates

2018 ACT College and Career Readiness Webinar

 

Session 2: November 14, 1:00–3:30 CST

Session 3: November 27, 11:00–1:30 CST

Session 4: November 28, 9:30–12:00 CST

Session 5: December 6, 4:00–6:30 CST

 

Register for a College and Career Readiness Webinar Session

Research Spotlight

Condition of College and Career Readiness 2018

The Condition of College and Career Readiness 2018 reports are here, providing insights on the progress of the class of 2018 at national and state levels.

Highlights from the Report:

  • More than 1.9 Million graduates took the ACT test in the -2018 national graduating class
  • 31 states incorporate ACT College and Career Readiness solutions as part of their statewide assessments
  • 44% took the ACT multiple times—most repeat test takers increased their ACT Composite Score
  • 542,506 low-income students were given the opportunity to take the ACT for free with a fee waiver
  • 72% took advantage of their fee waiver in pursuit of their college goals

The report includes ACT score results from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, including 16 states that required all students to take the ACT as part of their statewide testing programs and another three states that funded ACT testing on an optional basis. It also includes the results from more than 1,100 individual school districts across the country that administered the ACT to all students.

National and state ACT Condition of College & Career Readiness 2018 reports are available at: www.act.org/condition2018

For district- or school-specific score results, please contact the local district/district office or your state department of education. ACT releases only national and state reports.