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Adversity Score: College Board’s Intentions are Good, But Its Solution is Not

In May, the College Board—makers of the SAT®—revealed a new measure of the environmental context students face at school and in their neighborhood. This announcement has been met with considerable debate in the media. ACT Chief Executive Officer Marten Roorda issued his own response.  

Learn from ACT Experts Who’ve Been in Your Shoes

What specific steps do you take to prepare students for life after high school?

Best Practices

Help Students Achieve Success with Test Prep

Four years ago, Dr. Charles W. Donaldson, a retired vice chancellor for educational and student services, decided to take action to help high school seniors transitioning to college. The University of Arkansas at Little Rock was struggling to retain and graduate minority students, particularly African American and Hispanic students. Graduation rates hovered around 5% for males and 10% for females. The campus had become a revolving door for these students. 

“I became very concerned about what I saw happening to our minority students. I could not sit in good conscience and allow that to continue to happen,” said Dr. Donaldson.

Through the implementation of several programs and the use of ACT Online Prep, Donaldson Scholars have achieved a 93% remediation course bypass rate.

Professional Development

Learn, Measure, Grow:
Turning ACT Data into Action

Registration is Now Open

Join us this fall for the 2019 ACT College and Career Readiness Workshop (CCRW)
Learn, Measure, Grow: Turning ACT Data into Action

Many of your students have just taken or registered for the ACT® test. Learn how to look at the wealth of data from this assessment and turn it into action for you and your students. 

Certified Educator Courses Available This Summer

Attend training this summer!

Educators continuously look for ways to enhance their teaching strategies and skills. Students and parents need access to qualified instructors in many different subject areas. ACT® Certified Educator™, an innovative new credentialing program, is designed to satisfy each of these needs and ultimately help students learn and succeed.  

Trainings will be available in four cities this summer:

  • July 9–11—Washington, DC
  • July 24—Shawnee, Oklahoma
  • July 30–August 2—New Orleans, Louisiana
  • August 12–14—Nashville, Tennessee 
 

Summer Learning Opportunities for You and Your Staff

How you use and connect with ACT data is different based on your role as an education professional. ACT provides robust reporting that delivers a wealth of information to guide critical decisions for everything from curriculum development to student intervention strategies. We have created a series of webinars tailored to administrators, counselors, and teachers to demonstrate how each role can get the most from ACT reporting. 

  • Administrators: Leading Your School or District Using the ACT Profile Report 
    Learn about the data available in the ACT Profile Report and how school and district leaders can use this data to improve student readiness.
  • Counselors: Impacting Students Using the ACT High School Report 
    Take a look at an overview of the ACT High School Report and how counselors can use the data to discuss student academic achievement and help students plan for life after high school.
  • Teachers: Connecting the ACT Profile Report to Your Curriculum 
    Explore what gets tested on the ACT® test, learn how the ACT College and Career Readiness Standards describe students’ skills at different levels of readiness, and use the ACT Profile Report to understand the current level of performance of students in your school.

Don’t miss out on the last few webinar offerings this month. Sign up today and encourage your staff to attend. 

Upcoming Dates

ACT National Testing Key Dates and Deadlines 

Test Date: July 13, 2019

Registration Deadline: June 14, 2019 | Late Registration Deadline: June 24, 2019

Research Spotlight

Understanding Preparation Levels for Various Postsecondary Pathways

ACT compared the level of academic preparation—as indicated by ACT scores—that predicts success in two-year colleges for a) middle-skills majors linked to occupations typically requiring a certificate or associate degree and b) high-skills majors linked to occupations typically requiring a bachelor’s degree. 

 

Annual Changes in High School Average ACT Composite Scores: Celebration, Concern, or Something Else?

Average score change: How big is big? This paper discusses school-level changes in average ACT scores and highlights an interactive tool designed to facilitate score change comparisons. 

 

ACT Aspire and PreACT Study

ACT® Aspire® and PreACT® scores can be helpful indicators of student readiness for Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and concurrent enrollment courses. While a preliminary linkage exists between ACT Aspire and AP course success, data on more recent cohorts of students is required to better understand these relationships and reflect courses currently being taken by students. ACT is seeking your participation in this collaborative research opportunity.   

Benefits: 

  • Up to $500 stipend 
  • ACT Aspire and/or PreACT cut scores that are associated with a reasonable chance of success in AP, IB, and concurrent enrollment courses  

Requirements: 

  • Administered either assessment to 9th or 10th grade students in 2016-2017 or 2017-2018 
  • 100 or more PreACT tested students or 100 or more ACT Aspire tested students 
  • Offer more than 6 Advanced Placement course options 
  • Provide academic performance data on these students (e.g., course grades, exam scores)  

For more information, contact us at research.partnerships@act.org

Product Spotlight

8 Reasons Students Choose the ACT Test

By encouraging your students to take the ACT, you can help increase college access and opportunities for all students. Here are 8 reasons students choose the ACT:  

  1. Students know which questions count 
    On the SAT®, students might spend time on a question without knowing it doesn’t count toward their score. This is not the case on the ACT. 
  2. ACT subject scores are balanced 
    Math is half of the SAT score. The ACT math section is only 25% of the test and 25% of the overall score. 
  3. Students can opt in to win a scholarship from ACT 
    Opt in to win a $40,000 scholarship and tech package while registering for the July 2019 ACT.* 
  4. Students can improve their scholarship potential 
    A school counselor found, after 10 years of students taking both the ACT and SAT, that more scholarships favored the ACT. 
  5. Students won’t be penalized for guessing 
    ACT has never had a penalty for guessing, so when possible, students should try not to leave an answer blank. 
  6. Students can use their calculator for the whole math test 
    ACT lets students use a calculator for the entire math section! That is not true on the SAT. 
  7. Students have already been studying for the ACT for years 
    The test is designed so, by the end of junior year, students have likely covered all the material that they will see on the test. 
  8. Students can prep for the ACT test for FREE 
    ACT® Academy™ is the go-to place to get the most comprehensive, FREE, personalized practice for the ACT.  

Did you know you can administer an official ACT test during regular school hours at your school? Learn more about District Testing.  

*Eligible sophomores and juniors who register for the April, June, or July 2019 US national test date (and opt in to the giveaway during registration) have a chance to win a $40,000 Scholarship + a bonus $5,000 Tech Package. NO PURCHASE OR ACT TEST REGISTRATION NECESSARY. The “ACT Scholarship Giveaway” is subject in all respects to the complete Official Rules available at www.act.org/actscholarshipgiveaway