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Don’t Forget to Sign Up for Your ACT College and Career Readiness Workshop

Have you registered yet for the 2019 ACT College and Career Readiness Workshop? This free, half-day event will give you opportunities to: 

  • Realize new ways to look at data to assist you and your students 
  • Explore the different options available for ACT® test preparation and college and workforce readiness 
  • Discover new and updated tools to support students from K–career and across core academic skills, behavioral skills, career navigation, and cross-cutting capabilities with the ACT system of solutions and resources 
  • Learn what it means for you that ACT is transitioning from an assessment company to a learning, measurement, and navigation organization 

Can't attend a workshop? No problem! 

The same materials will be covered in live webinars in November and December. Follow the links below to learn more.

“If you want to use data, you have to invest the time to make it something that everybody can use. The thing I love about ACT is we get lots of data from them.” 
-Alan Shotts, Career Center Coordinator, Cody High School, Wyoming 

Three Ways Educators Can Help Hispanic Students Break Barriers to College

It’s Hispanic Heritage Month through October 15, and ACT’s Center for Equity in Learning (CEL) has teamed up with Univision to help Hispanic students overcome the challenges they face in achieving their college goals. 

Roughly 18% of all US college students are Hispanic—one of the largest groups on campuses. ACT research has shown that many Hispanic students struggle to meet ACT College Readiness Benchmarks and face other barriers to educational attainment. CEL and Univision brought together focus groups of first-generation, college-bound students and their parents to get their views on making college and career aspirations a reality. 

The resulting report, Breaking Down Barriers: Understanding Hispanic HIgh School Students’ Perceptions on the Transition to College determines three ways in which policymakers and stakeholders can improve conditions for college-bound Hispanic students: 

  • More opportunities for students to learn about transitioning to college 
  • Parent inclusion in the college application process 
  • More resources for first-generation or minority students’ success 

“This research should be a wake-up call to education leaders and the country as a whole,” says Jim Larimore, chief officer for CEL. “The Hispanic population is growing rapidly in the US, and we think it’s essential to ask parents and students about their experiences, listen to their insights and then examine what we can all do to improve outcomes. We’re glad to have Univision, a trusted leader in communications, and a key resource to the Hispanic population, as a partner in this effort.” 

Slideshow: Support ELL Parents at Your School 

When English isn’t your first language, finding resources for your educational journey can be tough. That’s why we’ve put together a presentation for parents of ELL students that your school can download, modify, and share. 

How Students Can Determine Their ACT Test Superscore

Superscoring is the process of averaging a student’s four best subject scores from all of their ACT® test attempts. Students who have taken the ACT more than once can find their superscore using four easy steps. 

New eBooks to Help You Help Students

The “X Factors” of College Readiness

High school coursework and good grades play a significant role in student readiness for college, but they certainly aren’t the only factors. Other student and school characteristics can affect preparedness, including:  

  • Parent involvement 
  • Student motivation and goals 
  • Social engagement 
  • Perceptions of education 
  • Economic and cultural makeup of student body 
  • Social and emotional learning (SEL) 

Our eBook on these “X factors” can help your students become more ready for college and set them up for a lifetime of success. 

How to Prepare Students Early for Success 

How can students prepare early for success in school and in life? What tools can uncover the skills they have and show where they need to improve? When should you intervene academically, before it’s too late? These are pressing questions that educators are asking, which we answer in our new eBook—Preparing Students Early.  

In this eBook, you’ll learn best practices for early student preparation, along with some ACT solutions that other schools have had success with between grades 3 and 10. If you’re dedicated to preparing students for lifetime success, download the eBook, learn some best practices, and see how ACT can help you prepare students earlier and better.

Blog Roundup

ACT CEO on #WhyApply Day and 60 Years of Inclusivity

Approximately 8,000 students held college application events on September 20 for #WhyApply Day, hosted by the American College Application Campaign and designed to increase college-going rates among high school graduates. ACT CEO Marten Roorda says the #WhyApply philosophy has been a part of ACT even before hashtags were used, following the inspiration of ACT founder E.F. Lindquist. 

“More than six decades later, Lindquist’s insistence on inclusiveness—capturing the unique qualities of each student—continues to drive our work,” Roorda saya. “That’s why we’re proud to support ACT’s American College Application Campaign and its efforts to provide all students the opportunity to apply to college.” 

How Research Evolves to Solve Educational Issues

All ACT tools and services are informed by decades of research in educational and workforce development. ACT’s research serves an integral role in ensuring that ACT products and services are reliable, valid, efficacious, and fair, while providing thought leadership on educational issues and trends to customers and advocates.  

ACT research has evolved over time to identify trends and uncover solutions to the most pressing educational issues of the day, as well as to support ACT’s evolving vision and strategy. However, the essential function of ACT research remains the same—ensuring that ACT provides high-quality educational and workforce solutions grounded in research. 

Fee Waivers and Supports for At-Risk Students

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the immediate college enrollment rate for high school completers from high-income families is at a rate nearly 16 percentage points higher than for students from low-income families. These students are getting an earlier start on postsecondary education and training that provides access to more secure and better-paying jobs.  
That’s why ACT has introduced new programs and resources for students who may be struggling to meet the cost of their educational pursuits and, more recently, introduced free, personalized learning tools to help students master what they need to know to be successful in college and career. 

ACT 2019-2020 Counselor's Guide

In Case You Missed It: Get Your 2019 Counselor Guide

The 2019–2020 ACT Counselor’s Guide was designed to help you and your students understand how ACT tools and services impact college and career readiness. With information about ACT test dates, scholarships, and test prep, you’ll find everything you need to set your students up for success. 

Helpful Tips to Share with Your Students

Register for the ACT Test by October 8

There is still time for your students to register for the upcoming ACT! October is one of the best times for your students to test, here’s why: 

  • Sophomores and juniors can use the exam to predict college and career readiness  
  • Seniors have a final shot at securing the score they need before college applications are due. 

The final deadline to register is Tuesday, October 8! 

Dual Enrollment FAQs

Dual enrollment programs can help students save time and money, understand the expectations of college-level courses earlier, and explore interests before choosing a major. In addition, ACT research found that students entering college with dual credit are generally more likely to complete a bachelor’s degree faster than those who do not.