Maximize Your ACT Profile Report

Two Activities to Do With Your ACT Profile Report

On August 15, you have the opportunity to learn from ACT experts how to use your ACT High School Profile Report. Your Profile Report provides you with important information about your ACT tested students, including student performance trends (broken down by demographics), course selection, course rigor, and college readiness.

Evaluate Your Curriculum and Instruction

  • Open your ACT Profile Report to Section II, Academic Achievement. Figures 2.2–2.5 provide aggregate data on student performance in each reporting category for each subject. 
  • In the Curriculum Review Worksheet, read the standards for each subject and reporting category where students underperformed—as indicated by the data in your ACT Profile Report. 
  • Answer the question in each column for every standard (row): 
    • Is it included in your curriculum? 
    • At what grade level (or in which course) are students first introduced to it? 
    • At what grade level (or in which course) are students expected to demonstrate proficiency?

Analyze Student Course Patterns

  • Open your ACT Profile Report to Section III, College and Career Readiness and the Impact of Course Rigor. Figures 3.7 and 3.8 provide information on how the courses your students take impacts their ACT scores. 
  • Ask questions: 
    • What was the most common group of courses your students completed? Find the answer in the Course Pattern, N, and Percent Taking Pattern columns. 
    • How did this group of students perform on the ACT? Look at the Score and Percent Who Met Benchmark columns. 
    • Which course pattern correlated to the highest scores and percent meeting the benchmarks? Compare the Course Pattern column to the Score and Percent Who Met Benchmark columns. 
    • How does your School compare to the State? Examine how common course patterns compare and how those courses impact scores at your school compared to the state.