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ACT College and Career Readiness Workshop 2019: Turning Your Data into Action

Join us this fall for the ACT College and Career Readiness Workshop (CCRW) 2019—Learn. Measure. Grow. Turning Your Data into Action. Registration is now open!

Today, standardized assessment scores are an important measure of progress, but they only become meaningful when they are used to take effective action. During this free, half-day workshop, we’ll show you new ways to look at your data to assist you and your students. 

The First Step Toward College Readiness: 
PreACT 8/9 Now Available

Secondary educators can set a baseline for students entering high school, provide early practice for the ACT® test, and get predicted ACT scores with just one test. 

PreACT 8/9, a new assessment from ACT, establishes a starting point for college and career readiness measurement as students transition to high school. It’s an early indicator of college readiness. Consider building on your assessment plan to support your students’ path to the ACT. 

Webinar: What’s a Good ACT Score?

Wednesday, August 7 | 1-2 PM ET

ACT-tested students often wonder whether their scores are “good enough” to achieve their postsecondary goals. There are many factors in play, including obtaining the scores needed to enter a college, a university, or a certain field of study. The circumstances are different for each student. 

Please encourage your students to attend this free webinar to help them fully understand their ACT scores and determine whether retesting is necessary. Krista Mattern PhD, ACT’s Senior Director of Validity and Efficacy Research, will join Kaplan experts to discuss what ACT scores mean and provide direction on whether students should consider retesting. 

Couldn't Attend ASCA? You Can Still Get Your ACT Poster

More than 650 counselors and educators visited ACT’s booth at the recent ASCA Annual Conference in Boston and received information about our tools and resources, as well as ACT test date posters and flyers and giveaways, including ACT® Rapid Review™ All Access Scholarships and ACT test registration vouchers. 

If you were unable to attend ASCA and would like your own ACT support materials for the 2019–2020 school year, you can order them at the link below. 

Meet Shalia, Our June ACT Scholarship Giveaway Winner!

Shalia, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, is the most recent prize recipient from the ACT® Scholarship Giveaway! Shalia is going to be a senior in the fall at Southwest High School in Minneapolis. She plans to go to college and wants to become a pediatric nurse or a neonatologist. Shalia is spending the summer working, volunteering, and hanging out with her two little sisters. She likes swimming, writing poetry, and singing. 

Winners of the July and Grand Prize scholarships will be announced soon! 

Blog Roundup: ACT Leaders and Advocates Celebrate 60 Years of Helping People Achieve Success

In November 2019, ACT will celebrate its 60th anniversary. The ACT Leadership Blog is featuring regular articles with reflections of how ACT’s past will influence its future. Here are some highlights.

A Tribute to ACT’s Founder 

ACT Chief Executive Officer Marten Roorda, looks back to ACT’s founding by E.F. Lindquist, who revolutionized standardized testing and learning expectations in American education. Lindquist’s focus on assessing what students learn in the classroom continues to guide ACT’s mission, as does his vision of merging assessment with learning.  

“At ACT, we have always believed assessment and achievement are two sides of the same coin, and that students learn best when they are given a real opportunity to master a rigorous curriculum, and then invest the effort needed to master the material,” Roorda says. “Similarly, when our cofounder and continuing inspiration, E.F. Lindquist, encountered a challenge, he charged ahead, knowing that the limits to achievement are generally not imposed by our abilities, but instead by our effort and imaginations.” 

Words of Thanks to ACT's Customers

ACT Chief Commercial Officer Suzana Delanghe says the weight of ACT’s mission is made lighter with the help of allies and advocates like you, who guide our growth and inspire us to reach an even greater number of learners.  

“Your support over six decades has inspired, informed, and immeasurably advanced college and career readiness from 1959 to today,” Delanghe says. “We exist to serve you, and we are excited to stand beside you for many more years, solving the educational problems of today and tomorrow.” 


Advocacy Leaders on Advancing Education Equity 

ACT Kicks Off 60th Anniversary Celebration

We asked our advocates to explore what education and workplace success means to them, and how we can continue to work together to advance equity in education. Here’s what they said: 

  • “The courage to be imperfect builds rapport between employees, students, and team members because everyone realizes, nobody is perfect, even in the workplace/classroom.” 
  • “Advancing equity in education will require change on the systemic level; therefore, we need to incorporate multiculturalism and social justice into education.” 
  • “Diversifying the workforce is central to educational and workplace success.” 
  • “Inequities are often times part of the fabric of the student—our job is to neutralize those in the classroom experience by providing a quality educational experience for all students AND attend to some of the factors that directly impact student success.” 

Why Learning and Measurement Must Go Hand in Hand 

Improving learner outcomes often involves determining whether learning tools are effective—in terms of content and the way they are delivered to the learner. Krista Mattern, ACT’s Senior Director of Validity and Efficacy Research and the mother of two grade school-age boys, writes about the need for a framework to evaluate the impact of learning tools.  

“A lack of efficacy evidence may indicate that the product has poor learning content, lacks high-quality instructional design, or it may indicate that the product’s user interface is difficult to navigate," Mattern says. “Knowing not only if but why the product is not achieving the desired outcome is necessary evidence to drive product improvements and enhancements, as well as inform best practices around product usage.”  

Mattern’s blog links to her full report that highlights ACT’s Efficacy Framework, a blueprint that evaluates not only if, but why a learning product works, allowing measurement and learning to work together. 

Videos: Why Social and Emotional Learning Is Essential

The buzz around social and emotional learning, or SEL, has caused educators to embrace it as essential to academic and life success. The “Big 5” model states that conscientiousness, agreeableness, emotional stability, openness, and extraversion are key to helping people work more effectively in their academic and professional worlds. 

Jeremy Burrus, Senior Director for the Center for Social, Emotional, and Academic Learning and Research at ACT, says “the buzz and popularity of SEL has left some people concerned about measuring these types of skills. However, measuring these skills is the first step toward helping students and giving them the tools they need to succeed.”  

The link below contains a series of videos about how and why SEL contains crucial factors in each learner’s development. 

In Case You Missed It: Webinar Makes Sense of Superscoring

When applicants take the ACT® test more than once, how do colleges and universities reconcile and make sense out of the multiple scores? In terms of validity, fairness, and impact, are certain score use polices better or worse than others? Given that more students are choosing to retake the ACT, answers to these questions have become increasingly relevant.  

This webinar focuses on the validity and fairness of various score use policies with an emphasis on superscoring. According to new analyses, superscoring in the recruiting process can have positive impacts and predict college outcomes. In this webinar, we talk about: 

  • Research insights from a study that examined the validity and fairness of different score use policies 
  • Analyses demonstrating the impact of superscoring on subgroup differences 
  • Responses to ACT’s Higher Education Score Use survey to help contextualize the research findings 

Helpful Tips to Share With Your Students

Reasons to Retest

Did you know that 57% of students who take the ACT more than once increase their score? Raising your score can improve your chances of getting into college.