November 20 2013
Additional Date Provides Greater Flexibility to States & Districts that Administer the ACT® to All Students IOWA CITY, Iowa—ACT announced today that it will be offering a fall in-school, weekday test date option for states and school districts that administer the ACT college readiness exam to all students as part of their academic assessment programs. [...]
November 11 2013
Only about a third of ACT®-tested high school graduates selected a college major that is a good fit with their interests, according to a new research report from ACT titled College Choice Report Part 1: Preferences and Prospects. The findings suggest that high school students need more help planning for college and career—and that the majority want such assistance.
November 4 2013
Most first-generation college students want to attend a postsecondary institution, but the majority are not ready to succeed in key courses when they get there, according to a new report released today by ACT and the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE).
October 3 2013
Today, the new ACT Foundation launched as a national, operating foundation to catalyze and advance a National Learning Economy that will cultivate the success of working learners, businesses, and the nation as a whole.
August 22 2013
ACT, the U.S. leader in college and career readiness research and assessment, announced today that two prominent industry veterans are joining the organization’s leadership team to advance its mission and growth.
August 21 2013
Continúan los problemas de preparación para la universidad y una carrera profesional entre los egresados de las escuelas secundarias de EE.UU., ya que la mayoría salen mal preparados para el éxito en el siguiente nivel, se reportó en el último informe anual, “Condition of College & Career Readiness 2013” (El estado de preparación para la educación superior y una carrera profesional 2013), de ACT, una organización sin fines de lucro. No obstante, ACT señala soluciones e iniciativas que se están llevando a cabo que podrían ayudar a mejorar la preparación de los estudiantes en el futuro.
August 21 2013
College and career readiness problems persist among U.S. high school graduates, with the majority ill-prepared for success at the next level, according to the latest edition of nonprofit ACT’s yearly report, The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2013. ACT, however, points to solutions and ongoing efforts that could help improve student readiness in the future.
July 16 2013
The greater a student’s academic achievement, the farther away from home that student is likely to attend college, according to a new research report from ACT. The findings of the report, entitled College Choice Report—Part 2: Enrollment Patterns, point to an opportunity to better inform lower-achieving students of the choices available to them.
July 1 2013
IOWA CITY, Iowa—Significant foundational skills gaps exist for many current and potential U.S. workers, according to a new report issued today by ACT, the leader in measuring workplace competency. The report investigates the assumption that individuals with a given level of education have the requisite skills for occupations requiring that level of education.
June 14 2013
IOWA CITY, Iowa—The ACT Foundation and its funding partners, the Joyce and Lumina Foundations, were recognized today at the Clinton Global Initiative conference in Chicago. Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced a Commitment to Action, which funds a research partnership with the Business Roundtable to analyze skills credentials that effectively predict workplace success for young, working learners.
June 4 2013
IOWA CITY, IOWA—Nearly one in five 2011 U.S. high school graduates who were prepared to succeed in first-year college coursework either never enrolled in college or didn’t return for a second year, according to national and state-specific reports from ACT entitled The Reality of College Readiness 2013.
May 30 2013
Students Win College Scholarships for ACT High School Video Contest Entries
IOWA CITY, Iowa-ACT has announced the winners of its most recent high school video contest. The winners receive college scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000.
May 29 2013
ACT released a new report today that establishes, for the first time, a definition of work readiness and defines the types and levels of skills needed to succeed in the workplace. As the leader in creating evidence-based solutions designed to document and develop the skills of America’s workforce, ACT is working to solve the mismatch in worker skills and employer needs.
May 22 2013
ACT Names National College and Career Readiness Award Recipients IOWA CITY, Iowa—Four honorees received awards last night in Washington, D.C., at the gala which culminated ACT’s inaugural College and Career Readiness Campaign. Receiving awards were: Sheree Gremillion of Florence, Alabama (Student Readiness Award) Rufus King International School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (College and Career Transition Award) [...]
May 8 2013
ACT today announced plans to offer online, computer-based administration of the ACT college readiness assessment beginning in 2015. The digital version of the exam will be offered only in schools that administer the ACT on a school day as part of their state, district or school assessment programs.
April 17 2013
Findings from the latest ACT National Curriculum Survey®, released today, point to a continued gap between what high schools are teaching and what colleges expect their incoming students to know. ACT’s report, which focuses on the policy implications of the survey results, suggests this gap may indicate a lack of alignment between high school and college curricula that could be contributing to the nation’s college and career readiness problem. The survey results show more than three times as many high school teachers as college instructors believe their students are prepared to succeed in college courses.
April 12 2013
Alabama First State to Approve Use of ACT Aspire™ Assessment System IOWA CITY, IOWA—The Alabama State Board of Education has approved the statewide use of ACT Aspire, ACT’s new assessment system, making Alabama the first state in the nation to do so. The state will implement ACT Aspire as Alabama’s summative assessment for grades 3 [...]
April 10 2013
ACT announced two improvements to its testing schedule for the ACT Test, beginning with the 2013–2014 academic year, for students outside the United States and Canada.
March 14 2013
ACT today launches an annual College and Career Readiness Campaign to celebrate achievement and create awareness around the goal of college and career readiness for all. As one component of the campaign, ACT will work with top state officials to recognize efforts in advancing college and career readiness within their state through a new annual awards program.
March 4 2013
ACT has announced the winners of its annual high school video contest for 2013. The winners receive college scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000. The 10 winning videos were selected from entries submitted from students in 36 different states. First- and second-place prizes were awarded in five categories.
February 13 2013
ACT has announced the winners of its annual high school poster contest for 2013. The winning students were selected from nearly 700 entries submitted from 48 different states.