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District Testing: 4 Reasons Why ACT Is the Right Choice


Our dedication to student success is the common thread that links ACT and all of the teachers, counselors, administrators, parents, test administrators, and others who share our mission of helping students achieve success. It’s why we exist.

Why choose ACT?

Here are just a few of the things our customers have told us are important to them as they continue to choose ACT.

Applications Open for 2019 College and Career Readiness Champions

Applications for the ACT College and Career Readiness Champions Awards opened October 1st!

The ACT College and Career Readiness Champions are individuals from across the country who support ACT’s mission of education and workplace success and are making a positive impact on their communities through their efforts to advance college and career readiness.

A Champion can be a:

  • High school senior
  • K-12 professional
  • Postsecondary professional
  • Workforce professional

ACT State Councils serve as the selection committee and select one Champion per category for each participating state. ACT Champions receive individual certificates. In addition, Student Champions receive a $500 non-renewable scholarship.

Applications are due October 31, 2018 and can be found at

Please help us spread the news about the ACT College and Career Readiness Champions or apply! Champions will be notified on or before January 31, 2019.

All questions may be directed to

Learn from ACT Experts Who’ve Been in Your Shoes

Before joining ACT, many of our employees established careers in K12 education, postsecondary education, and workforce development. We asked them to share their experiences and insights from having been both an ACT customer and ACT employee.

Look for these videos throughout the year.

An Important Moment for SEL

A wave is sweeping across the US. K12 educators in every state are taking an increasingly hard look at their programs to determine what more they can do to support students’ social and emotional learning.  

Whether it’s called SEL, whole child, well-rounded, or holistic education…now is an important moment for this broader approach. Research evidence has established the value of SEL for academic achievement and student engagement. Recent surveys have shown that teachers, parents, and principals are all looking to expand this kind of support for students. Surveys also reveal, however, that a majority of educational leaders need, and are seeking, more information and assistance in developing these programs. 

Now, more than ever, we are encouraging schools and districts to seize the moment…to move forward and build a more holistic educational experience for their students.

Next steps you can take:

  • Provide both an SEL measurement system and a rich set of online curricular resources for teachers and counselors with ACT Tessera®
  • Prepare SEL strategic plans, coach and advise leadership in implementing programs, and provide professional development to teachers and counselors in SEL best practice. Getting started can be challenging, ACT Consulting Services is available to work directly with schools and districts to meet their unique needs.

Best Practices

Helping Students Achieve College Success with Intensive Test Prep Programs


For years, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock struggled to retain and graduate minority students, particularly African-American and Hispanic students. Graduation rates hovered around 5% for males and 10% for females. The campus had become a revolving door for these students.

Nine years ago, Dr. Charles W. Donaldson, the vice chancellor for educational and student services, decided to take action.

“I became very concerned about what I saw happening to our minority students. I could not sit in good conscience and allow that to continue to happen,” said Dr. Donaldson.

Professional Development

2018 ACT College and Career Readiness Workshop

Your colleagues are discovering new free resources, learning how to develop a comprehensive assessment plan, hearing best practices from schools around the US, and networking with peers.

Learn more and register for the 2018 ACT College and Career Readiness Workshops below:

Upcoming Dates

October 27 National ACT Test

Registration: September 28

Late Registration: October 14

Research Spotlight

You CAN Teach Social and Emotional Learning Skills

Strong social and emotional learning skills have an impact on every aspect of our lives. In fact, research has demonstrated that these competencies strongly affect:

  • Academic performance
  • Behavioral problems
  • Happiness
  • Health
  • Longevity
  • Job performance
  • Job satisfaction
  • Peer relationships

In the video below, hear how social and emotional skills can be measured and improved from Kate Walton, Principal Research Scientist at ACT and Associate Professor of Psychology at St. John’s University.

Releasing in October: The 2018 Condition of College and Career Readiness Report

At the end of each school year there are many measures and comparisons to be made. One of the most consistent measures to compare academic achievement is the ACT® test. The ACT test measures whether students meet the ACT College Readiness Benchmarks and the report, The Condition of College and Career Readiness reports that progress at the national and state levels.

This ACT report looks at the progress of the 2018 ACT-tested graduating class relative to college and career readiness. ACT defines college and career readiness as the acquisition of the knowledge and skills a student needs to enroll and succeed in credit-bearing first-year courses at a postsecondary institution (such as a 2- or 4-year college, trade school, or technical school) without the need for remediation.

Sign up to be notified when the national report is available.