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Successful STEM Careers in the Future Require Education Improvements Today

As we prepare to mark the 50th Anniversary of the moon landing, there’s a world of wonder out there left to explore. STEM education can help! All of our nation’s students must be ready to meet the challenge.

In USA Today, ACT Center for Equity in Learning Chief Officer Jim Larimore discusses the importance of STEM preparedness and makes key recommendations for ensuring educators and students, particularly in underserved communities, are well-resourced to build the foundation necessary for success.  

Supporting English Language Learners

Across the United States, more than 4.7 million K-12 students are English language learners (ELL).

Too often a lack of language familiarity interferes with students showing what they know. Findings in one ACT research study show that ELL students were far more likely to be well below the academic level that predicts they are likely to graduate college or be career ready.

At ACT, we strive to help all students succeed, regardless of linguistic background.

ACT provides supports on the ACT® test to U.S. students who are English learners. The goal of the supports is to help ensure that the ACT scores earned by English learners accurately reflect what they have learned in school. Most importantly for these students, the test results will be college reportable.

Sign up to learn more about how you can support your ELL students!

Learn from ACT Experts Who’ve Been in Your Shoes

What is your best advice for preparing students to take the ACT?

Best Practices

Providing Educators with the Tools Needed for Student Success

Maryville Christian School in Maryville, Tennessee focuses on preparing students for college and career and needed a way to help track student success.

“If you don’t give your teachers good tools, you can’t expect good outcomes.”
Debbie Hampton, Testing Supervisor, Maryville Christian School 

Read the Maryville Christian School Success Story (PDF)

Professional Development

Confident and College Ready Webinar

Join us for this free webinar series to learn about a new personalized learning system that accelerates high school seniors’ math and English mastery, enhancing their readiness for college-level coursework.

Register for the Confident and College Ready Webinar

 

Anchoring your K-12 Curriculum: An Introduction

This 30-minute webinar will help you connect your curriculum and content Standards to the ACT College and Career Readiness Standards. Understanding these connections is key to monitoring and understanding your students’ progress, and to deciding on next steps to help students succeed.

Date: Thursday, March 7, 2019
Start time: 12:00 p.m. CT
Duration: 30 minutes

Register for Anchoring your K-12 Curriculum: An Introduction

It’s More Than Just Test Prep

Join us for a free webinar— It’s Not Just Test Prep —to learn how to help your students strengthen math and English skills, begin thinking about college and career plans and prepare for the ACT® test.

Date: February 21, 2019
Start time: 3:30 p.m. CT
Duration: 60 minutes

Register for It’s More Than Just Test Prep

Upcoming Dates

National ACT Test Date

Test Date: April 13, 2019

Registration Deadline: March 8, 2019

Late Registration Deadline: March 25, 2019

Register for the ACT Test Now

ASCD Empower 19 Conference

Chicago, IL

March 16-18, 2019

Learn More and Register for the Conference

NCEA 2019 Convention & Expo

Chicago, IL

April 23-25, 2019

Register for the NCEA 2019 Convention and Expo

Research Spotlight

ACT Composite Score is Related to Persistence in College

A student's ACT Composite score can say a lot about their potential success in college. New ACT research investigated how scores relate to persisting in college and completing a college degree.

As a student’s ACT Composite score increases, so too does their chances of persisting in college through year 4 and earning a college degree. Findings from this research highlights the importance of academic preparedness in achieving success in college. However, other student characteristics, such as social and emotional learning skills, are also related to college persistence and degree completion.

Read the Report

Rural Students: Technology, Coursework and Extracurricular Activities

A new report by ACT Research, State and Federal Programs, and ACT Center for Equity in Learning, “Rural Students: Technology, Coursework and Extracurricular Activities,” found that students in the rural US struggle accessing technology, which can adversely affect their ability to learn.

How do we fix the need to connect? Check out the new report to be released on February 13, 2019 and learn more about ACT policy recommendations for addressing these challenges.  

Read More About the Report

Product Spotlight

Updates to the ACT Aspire Progress Toward Career Readiness Indicator 

Beginning in fall 2019, ACT® Aspire® will use an updated Progress Toward Career Readiness (PTCR) indicator.

The updated Aspire PTCR indicator, provided to grades 8-10, will reflect changes in how ACT and ACT Aspire Composite scores are linked to the ACT WorkKeys® National Career Readiness Certificate® (NCRC) levels.

Learn more about how the report is changing.