February 2019 Edition
The newsletter for K-12 education professionals from industry experts
- Successful STEM Careers in the Future Require Education Improvements Today
- Supporting English Language Learners
- Ask the Expert: Preparing Students Take the ACT
- Providing Educators with the Tools Needed for Student Success
- ACT Webinar: Confident and College Ready
- ACT Composite Score is Related to Persistence in College
- Rural Students: Technology, Coursework and Extracurricular Activities
- Updates to the ACT Aspire Progress Toward Career Readiness Indicator
Check out the latest research and insights from ACT experts as you plan and prepare for next school year.
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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.
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!
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.