Our Transformation

When ACT was founded in 1959, it disrupted the assessment industry with a new approach to helping students better understand their readiness so they could take steps to improve it. By leveraging our expertise and authority in assessment and research, we will again disrupt the industry—helping more people learn, better measure their progress, and improve their navigation through life’s transitions. 

Our strategy includes acquisitions, investments and partnerships to achieve our transformation, and advance our mission. While we are more than halfway to our goal of realizing all capabilities, our progress is increasingly evident. 

Learning

  • Acquiring OpenEd has enabled us to create ACT Academy.  
  • Our investment in Smart Sparrow enables ACT to advance our participation in adaptive learning.    
  • ACT invested in OAT—the global leader in open source assessment solutions. TAO enables teachers and students to have easier access to a wide range of educational resources. Its TAO® digital test delivery platform provides ACT with the online delivery of ACT® WorkKeys®. For various clients, OAT has delivered more than 20 million tests in 30 languages worldwide. 
  • ACT acquired Knovation, Inc., to strengthen our personalized learning offerings, helping teachers improve student learning directly in the classroom. Knovation’s technology and open educational resources (OER) help teachers and students easily find, organize, and share free digital content for learning.  
  • Also last year, we announced a partnership with Arizona State University, an innovative and highly regarded research university. We are working with ASU to identify dozens of advanced research and product development initiatives to enhance the future of learning, with a particular focus on adaptive learning, workforce readiness, and social and emotional learning.  on adaptive learning, workforce readiness, and social and emotional learning.  
  • And, we have invested in our own capabilities by establishing ACTNext, our research, development, and business innovation division. ACTNext, led by a team of esteemed scientists, is working hard on developing innovative solutions in areas such as adaptive learning, computational psychometrics, and innovative assessment.   
  • In addition, ACT has invested in New Markets Venture Partners, a pioneering education-focused fund, and partnered with Kaplan for a suite of test prep products offering all the benefits of live and interactive instruction through livestreaming and a comprehensive video library. 
  • Most recently ACT acquired Mawi Learning to add educator professional development and student curriculum to our portfolio of SEL solutions. 

Measurement

  • Acquiring ProExam has enabled us to introduce ACT Tessera.   
  • In partnership with nonprofit The NROC Project, we created ACT CollegeReady to help students prepare for college-level math and English through personalized study paths and learning supports.  
  • ACT acquired MGHL’s automated item generation (AIG) technology to accelerate our test development process and meet our needs for high quality test items in a cost-efficient manner. AIG technology allows us to create a significant bank of items to support computer adaptive testing. Also, ACT can assist other testing organizations that want to increase the number and quality of their assessments. 

Navigation

  • ACT’s acquisition of NRCCUA enables it to help students with comprehensive navigation tools and resources, such as serving K-12 middle and high schools and their students with a free college and career program called myOptions. The program currently reaches 6.5 million students in grades 8-12 in the U.S. NRCCUA links colleges and universities to the nation’s largest college and career planning program for students seeking post-secondary guidance. More than 1,800 four-year non-profit colleges and universities are NRCCUA members, representing 85 percent of these institutions in the U.S.  
  • ACT acquired ACAC to further help us expand and accelerate our efforts to increase college access among students from underserved backgrounds.