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This newsletter provides counselors with tools and information to help you better communicate with your students and parents.
- ACT, College Board Release New Concordance Tables
- The Key to Academic Achievement, Career Success, and Lifelong Well-Being
- When Your Seniors Should Retake the ACT® Test
- Helping your Juniors explore Possible Majors
- Why Your Sophomores Should Start Building a College & Career Plan
- Little Known Facts About the ACT® Test
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ACT, College Board Release New Concordance Tables
ACT and the College Board released new concordance tables that allow users to compare scores from the ACT test and the new SAT test (redesigned in 2016).
As a K-12 counselor and/or educator, you can use the new concordance tables to aggregate scores across tests to measure college readiness for groups of students. But more importantly, you can use the tables to help students and families determine eligibility for scholarships or likelihood of acceptance into a college or university.
The Key to Academic Achievement, Career Success, and Lifelong Well-Being
Jeff Allmon, a school counselor at McPherson Middle School, understands the importance of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) skills. He has seen a lot of promising, college-bound students filter through the McPherson School District. They have great GPAs and test scores and are academically prepared for college, but drop out because they do not have strong SEL skills like grit, teamwork, resilience or leadership. Developing these skills is paramount to Allmon, and that’s why he uses ACT® Tessera® and the ACT Tessera Teacher Playbook to help him do so.
"The kids love it...
...There’s a lot of fun and relatable activities in the Playbook for them to do. The kids have been asking, ‘When are we going to get together again?’ So I’ve been doing some lunch groups with them just because of the relationships built in those workshops.”
-Jeff Allmon, school counselor at McPherson Middle School in McPherson, Kansas
Class of 2019: The One Thing Your SENIORS Should Do Right Now
Consider Retaking the ACT
Your seniors should know how their ACT test scores can help, or hurt, their chances of getting into college or attaining a coveted scholarship. That understanding will assist them in deciding whether or not to retake the test in order to get that desired score.
With college and scholarship deadlines fast approaching, September may be an ideal option for a lot of your seniors to retake the ACT, if necessary. Lead your seniors to this article which explains:
- What opportunities their score reflects
- If they should take the ACT again
- How to practice—for FREE—for the ACT
Class of 2020: The One Thing Your JUNIORS Should Do Right Now
Explore Possible College Majors
Research shows that students who are passionate about and stay in their major are more likely to persist through college and complete their degree in a timely manner. That’s why having your juniors explore and choose a major before they begin trudging through the college admission process can help them not only narrow their college list and save a lot of time, but also better set them up for future success.
Direct your juniors to this resource library which has information on:
- How to find interests and connect them to majors
- How to use potential majors to start exploring colleges and universities
- How to reduce stress in college
Class of 2021: The One Thing Your SOPHOMORES Should Do Right Now
Begin a College & Career Plan
It seems like new research comes out every year pushing the adage of “the earlier, the better” when it comes to planning for life after high school. We agree that it’s never too early but, for most students, sophomore year is a great time to begin mapping out what the future might look like. With three years of high school left, there’s plenty of time for students to go through all the steps necessary of searching for, applying to, and being accepted into college.
Show your sophomores this webpage which covers:
- How your students can begin their college & career plan
- The difference between two-year and four-year colleges
- How your students can “keep their eyes on the prize” during their sophomore year
The ACT Test
Yes, you know the test. But did you know that over 2 million students in the graduating class of 2017 took the ACT last year? Or that ACT test scores are accepted by all four-year US colleges and universities, including highly selective institutions? Or that studies show more scholarships are awarded to students who take the ACT?
Learn more surprising facts about the ACT test and see why it’s about more than just a score—we have the whole student in mind.
Webinar Replay: The NEW ACT/SAT Concordance Tables: What You Need to Know
Watch the webinar to:
- Gain knowledge and tools to help you use the new tables consistently and fairly for all students and all schools
- Learn what to consider when using the tables
- Understand the limitations to the new tables
- Get your questions answered
This webinar is presented in collaboration with AACRAO and NACAC.