April 2019 Edition
The newsletter for K-12 education professionals from industry experts
- ACT Educator Homepage Updated
- SEL Journey Recipients Announced
- A New Resource for Engaging English Learners
- Video: Why You Should Track Longitudinal Progress
- The Mission: College and Career Readiness
- Recommended Strategies Students Can Use on ACT Test Day
- Learn Strategies for Your College Signing Day
- The Digital Divide and Educational Equity
- Registration Open for The ACT District Testing
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Find the latest insights for K12 professionals—including featured articles, professional development opportunities, and research—on the newly updated ACT.org/K12. Every month we’ll share new articles, upcoming webinars, and best practices in an easy to navigate format.
Congratulations to our 8 SEL Journey Program recipients!
- Walter J. Baird Middle School, Lebanon, TN
- Little Rock School District, Little Rock, AR
- Spartanburg School District One, Campobello, SC
- Granger High School/Granite School District, West Valley City, UT
- Lauderdale County School District, Meridian, MS
- Salmon School District, Salmon, ID
- Sierra High School/Manteca Unified School District, Manteca, CA
- Pembroke Pines Charter High School, Pembroke Pines, FL
In January, ACT® offered schools an opportunity to participate in the first-ever ACT SEL Journey Program, in which they would receive ACT® Tessera® assessment credits for their own SEL program assessment and development. When we launched the program offer, we didn’t anticipate the overwhelming interest in the program. Within the first week, more than 100 applications had poured in.
Join the growing number of educators that agree social and emotional learning (SEL) matters.
A New Resource for Engaging English Learners
Every parent and educator wants to see their students succeed, no matter their cultural or linguistic background. School leaders like you are in a unique position to create a culture of success by developing a program for English language learner (ELL) family engagement.
Just like you, ACT believes in providing equitable access to education and higher education for everyone. Last year, we rolled out English learner supports for the ACT test, including additional time to take the test, the use of an approved word-to-word bilingual glossary (containing no word definitions), test instructions provided in the student’s native language (limited languages at first), and testing in a non-distracting environment. But we realize that support is needed beyond the ACT test and into daily life.
To help schools and districts support ELL students, we created an ELL webpage where administrators, counselors, and educators can find webinars, best practices, and communication resources to engage with ELL families in their communities, districts and schools. In the months ahead, we will be expanding the resources available on this page. Watch for updates!
At Diocese of Lake Charles, skill proficiency and predictive scores from ACT® Aspire® allow teachers to track individual student growth making it easier to identify students for special services, accommodations, and modifications.
The Diocese of Lake Charles consists six elementary schools and one high school serving 2,600 students in Southern Louisiana. In adopting the Common Core standards, Superintendent Kimberlee Gazzolo knew the district needed a new approach to assessment and curriculum development. That’s when they turned to ACT.
“We want our kids to do even better. It’s not just a score thing. It’s helping them with what’s next—whether that’s career or college.”
–Kimberlee Gazzolo, Superintendent, Diocese of Lake Charles
Webinar: Learn Strategies for Your College Signing Day
Reach Higher is celebrating College Signing Day! May 1 is the deadline by which many high school seniors tell colleges where they plan to attend in the fall. Watch this webinar to learn how to host and support a College Signing Day in your school or community.
National ACT Test Date
Test Date: April 13, 2019
A first-of-its-kind survey has revealed that the digital divide is compounding the U.S. education equity problem.
The “digital divide”—the gap between people who have sufficient knowledge of and access to technology and those who do not—can perpetuate and even worsen socioeconomic and other disparities for already underserved groups.
This digital divide, which continues to widen, has also been referred to as the “homework gap,” due to the challenges that students in technology-deficient circumstances face when trying to do their homework. Taking a deeper dive into these data is important because students with access to only one device may deal with challenges not faced by students with access to two or more devices.
Registration for ACT Fall District Testing is now open and due by August 16, 2019.
Everyone has the potential to learn. A student’s background or family income should not determine their educational or career opportunities. As social inequality has increased in the United States, so have inequities in opportunities to learn and thrive for underserved students.
By enrolling in ACT District testing you can raise college awareness among underserved students, rather than only self-selected, college-bound students. Having all students participate in a college entrance exam in a familiar environment results in more students understanding their level of college readiness, and they get a college reportable score.
Learn more about ACT District Testing