Training

Training for K-12 Professionals

ACT® product training events help you improve curriculum and interventions to ensure student success.

We offer webinars, self-paced tutorials, and workshops designed for K-12 administrators and school systems looking to make a smart investment in the professional learning of their staff.

ACT training events provide the opportunity to

  • Learn strategies that are immediately useful in the classroom
  • Examine new ways to use ACT data when counseling students
  • Make connections between curriculum and college and career readiness

 

Open Enrollment Webinars

Live online interactive training sessions with a learning expert who can answer your specific questions. There is no cost to attend these events. Webinars are offered at various times throughout the year.

Introduction to The ACT High School Report

This one-hour webinar will help counselors and other educators who work in a one-on-one college or career planning advisory or mentoring role with students to understand, interpret, and use data from the ACT High School Report.

Check dates and register for the Introduction to the ACT High School Report Webinar

Introduction to The ACT Profile Report

This one-hour webinar helps educators understand and interpret the ACT Profile Report. It includes a general introduction of the ACT College and Career Readiness System, the ACT College Readiness Benchmarks, and the ACT College and Career Readiness Standards. The webinar centers on how administrators and other educators can analyze their aggregate data and identify implications from the data for curriculum, instruction, and student support.

Check dates and register for the Introduction to the ACT Profile Report Webinar


Self-Paced Tutorials

Successfully Achieving College and Career Readiness for All Students

A course of self-paced online tutorials designed for educators to strengthen their knowledge of the ACT test. This course will explain how to integrate instructional practices that promote college and career readiness for all students, helping them to maximize their performance on the ACT.

TitleDescription
Course WelcomeServes as the course hub, providing an overview of the five modules and links to each one. 
Why Take the ACT? Provides an overview of the test and the value it can bring for students, and it links to resources that can be helpful as educators talk with students and their parents. 
Understanding College and Career ReadinessExplains the concept of college and career readiness and the skills that represents for students. 
Reviewing Curriculum and Instructional SystemsExplores the curriculum and instructional practices needed to prepare students for college and career readiness. 
Preparing Students for the ACT Provides some tools to help demystify the ACT for students so that they can be more confident going into test day. 
Analyzing and Using ACT ScoresProvides tools and techniques for analyzing aggregate data provided to the high school after students take the ACT. 

 

Understanding ACT Score Reports

TitleDescription
The ACT High School Report: Interpreting Data for Student Success This 4-minute video details the information available to counselors and school leaders in the ACT High School Report. Objectives include using the ACT High School Report to identify implications for counseling and course placement, using ACT data to align students' interests and skills, and investigating academic fit for students. 
Understanding Your ACT Aspire and ACT Student Score Reports This 15-minute video shares with you how to understand your ACT Aspire and ACT score reports and how to use them to prepare for the future. 

 

On-Site Workshops 

Host a live-on-site workshop for your staff delivered by ACT experts.  For information about any of the workshops below, please contact ACT at 888.826.1956 or email customersuccess@act.org.

TitleDurationDescription
Interpreting ACT Test Data for Student Success 3 hrs This workshop supports educators’ analysis of the ACT. ACT expert consultants work with groups of educators to understand and analyze the data included in the ACT High School Report and the ACT Profile Report. Throughout the session, activities will allow participants to use insights gleaned from their ACT data to identify implications for curriculum, instruction, student support, and counseling/advising in their school system. 
Tools of the Trade: Instructional Strategies that Support Rigorous Learning 3 hrs This workshop helps teachers increase the rigor and relevance of their instruction. Teachers will reflect on rigor and relevance as it applies to the four core content areas (English, mathematics, science, and social studies). Many instructional strategies will be modeled throughout the session as participants learn how rigor is reflected in activities, student assignments, and in-class assessments. Participants will leave with a valuable set of research-based instructional strategies to apply in their classrooms. 
Begin with the End in Mind: Using College and Career Readiness Standards to Anchor Your K-12 Curriculum 3 hrs This workshop helps teachers understand the connections between their curriculum and the ACT College and Career Readiness Standards. The session begins with an overview of the ACT as a measure of college and career readiness. Participants will study the test specifications to understand the content assessed by the ACT and analyze key performance data to connect ACT scores with ACT College and Career Readiness Standards. Throughout the session, participants will participate in exercises designed to help them identify connections between the ACT College and Career Readiness Standards and their local standards and curricula.  
Assessment Literacy: Constructing Quality Multiple-Choice Items for   Assessments 3.5 hrs This workshop creates opportunities for teachers to improve their skills designing high-quality multiple-choice items. Participants will develop a deeper understanding of the role of assessments in the learning process, including both formative and summative assessments, and the strengths and limitations of various item types. The following topics will be covered: The Role of Assessment in the Learning Process, Creating High-Quality Multiple-Choice Stems, Creating High-Quality Multiple-Choice Options, and Analyzing Multiple-Choice Items. 
Assessment Literacy: Developing an Enriched Picture of Student Learning with Free Response Items 3 hrs This workshop helps educators understand when constructed-response tasks are appropriate assessments, gives them practice developing quality constructed-response tasks, and identifies ways to strengthen grading with score criteria and rubrics.