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College and Career Readiness Champions

Drum roll, please, for our 2019 ACT Champions! Congratulations to the students and education and workforce professionals who were selected as our shining exemplars for the advancement of college and career readiness for all.

Take a look at the announcement of the 2019 Champions with congratulatory remarks from ACT District Managers, and the official list of Champions in each category and state.

ACT College and Career Readiness Champions provide states with a platform to recognize individual efforts in college and career readiness. Winners personify the mission of ACT through intentional actions that create an atmosphere and culture which promotes college and career readiness for all.

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Social and Emotional Learning: 5 Insights from Educators

In January, ACT gave educators the opportunity to receive free ACT Tessera® assessments and share feedback regarding the social and emotional learning assessment’s use among their students. “The view from inside schools is clear,” writes Jonathan Martin, director of K-12 consulting services at ACT, in a post on the ACT leadership blog. “Social and emotional learning isn’t an option, it’s a must-have.”

More than 400 schools applied to participate in ACT’s SEL Journey program “with impassioned urgency,” Martin writes. “This sample set of hundreds of educators—principals and counselors, mostly—provides a powerful window into the thoughts and concerns of those working closest with our young people.”

In his blog, Martin summarizes five themes that emerged among schools that participated in the SEL program, including the importance of improving student engagement, how building interpersonal relationships affects school security, and the schools’ plans to build SEL-centric programs in the future.

Learn from ACT Experts Who’ve Been in Your Shoes

What are the ACT College and Career Readiness Standards?

Best Practices

Create a Culture of College and Career Readiness

Prepare your students for success after high school by creating a college and career readiness day for all grades. School administrators can get students excited about planning for their futures by devoting time to educating students and parents about the value of taking the ACT assessments.

“It is the knowledge you build on year-after-year, starting in lower grades, that gets you ready for the ACT,” said Principal Dr. Vince Powell.

Professional Development

Ready for What? What Matters for College and Career

Measure the progress of all students toward college and career readiness. Watch this free recorded webinar to learn how ACT researchers used data from the ACT test and ACT® WorkKeys® to develop a scaled framework to link college and career readiness.

Watch Ready for What? What Matters for College and Career

Confident and College Ready Webinar

Catch up on 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. This robust tool is changing the way schools help seniors prepare for postsecondary success.

Watch the Confident and College Ready Webinar

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

NCEA 2019 Convention & Expo

Chicago, IL

April 23-25, 2019

Register Now for NCEA 2019

Research Spotlight

Income Trends for ACT® NCRC® Earners

Performing well on ACT® WorkKeys® and earning higher ACT National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC®) levels can help people secure higher incomes in the short- and long-term. According to ACT research, workers who earned higher NCRC levels in 2011 tended to earn higher incomes and increased their incomes more in the five years after testing.

For high school testers, median incomes were similar for all NCRC levels between 2011 and 2013, but they diverged from 2014 to 2016, with incomes increasing faster for those with higher NCRC levels. By 2016, the median income for Gold or Platinum NCRC earners was $32,224, compared to $26,703 for Silver, $23,870 for Bronze, and $22,562 for non-qualifiers.

This result likely reflects a combination of factors, including the value of the NCRC for getting a higher paying job, as well as individuals with higher NCRC levels seeking jobs in higher paying industries and seeking postsecondary training to prepare for higher paying jobs.

Your school can administer WorkKeys to help students earn an NCRC and prepare for higher paying careers.