The ACT Test for K-12 Educators and Administrators

The ACT test provides you with the data necessary to position students for success after high school.

Bringing the ACT to Students

Across the nation, states and districts are using the ACT and instructional improvement programs to enhance students' college and career readiness.

Adopting the ACT Test in Your District

The benefits of a national test date and more.

Your District Can:

  • Establish student performance baselines using scores on the ACT
  • Make informed curriculum decisions and create data-driven intervention strategies
  • Strengthen advising programs using ACT data—all research-based and aligned to ACT College and Career Readiness Standards

Your Students Can:

  • Feel less stress due to testing during the school day in a familiar environment
  • Check off a major part of the college application process
  • Build confidence in their knowledge and learn about where they still need to improve
  • Receive personalized information to explore future college and career decisions based on their strengths and interests
  • Use scores for financial aid and scholarship applications
  • Provide information to identify college admissions and scholarship opportunities

Adopting ACT Assessments Statewide

Adopting all or some ACT assessments on a statewide basis provides significant advantages for educational and career planning, assessment, instructional support, and evaluation.

  • Opportunities - Raises awareness and exposure among all students, not only self-selected, college-bound students. A great equalizer of opportunity, bringing more underserved and first generation college students, and middle- and low-income students into the enrollment pipeline. 
  • Meaningful Data - Our norm and criterion-referenced assessments focus on the integrated, higher-order thinking skills students develop in grades K–12 that are important for success both during and after high school.
  • Flexibility - The assessment system is flexible, allowing customized State Allowed Accommodations, and test administration on designated weekdays or weekends.
  • Smart Business - States can expect to enjoy a high return on investment and to see a reduction in remediation. In addition, ACT protects student privacy and facilitates easy integration of test results into state systems by using state-assigned IDs instead of Social Security numbers. 

District Testing: 4 Reasons Why ACT Is The Right Choice

Success Stories

See how educators are using the ACT to improve and track students' readiness for college and career.


Engaging English Learner Families

In Palm Beach County School District, many of the ELL students had never been in a structured school environment, so expecting them to excel without knowing the language was unreasonable.

Belief in Educators, Students, and Families Leads to Higher Achievement

The Louisiana Department of Education's "Louisiana Believes" program has helped Louisiana’s high school graduation rate rise by 5.2%.

Assess, Analyze, Achieve: Aligning Curriculum for District and Student Success

Helena Public School District in Helena, Montana used the ACT® data to develop a robust curriculum that led to increased district and student success.


One Counselor Has a Million Dollar Impact

A school counselor at Morse High School in Maine documented over 10 years of her students taking both the ACT and SAT and found more scholarships favored the ACT.

How to Affect School Culture with Data Visualization

Cody High School in Cody, Wyoming, uses data visualization to transform student ACT scores and GPA information into action.

College & Career Readiness Day: Setting a Higher Standard to Increase Student Success

Affton High School in St. Louis, Missouri wanted to set a standard that all students who want a higher education have the academic skills to earn one.


Senior Retake Day: Open New Doors of Opportunity

The Tennessee Department of Education set yearly growth goals and is seeing a significant impact.

Generating Excitement for the ACT: The Arkansas "No Limits" Campaign

The Arkansas Department of Education "No Limits" campaign encourages students to aim higher, perhaps higher than they had imagined possible.

Supporting the Whole Student: Using ACT Data to Start Conversations, Remove Barriers & Open Doors

Newport High School in Newport, Oregon, is using ACT data to remove barriers and open doors.

About the ACT Test

The gold standard in standardized assessments

The ACT® test motivates students to perform to their best ability. Test scores reflect what students have learned throughout high school and provide colleges and universities with excellent information for recruiting, advising, placement, and retention. Learn more about the ACT test.

Accommodations and English Learner Supports

ACT is committed to serving examinees with documented disabilities by providing reasonable accommodations appropriate to the examinee's diagnosis and needs. ACT has established policies regarding documentation of an examinee’s disability.

Training for K-12 Professionals

ACT® product training events help you improve curriculum and interventions to ensure student success. We offer webinars, self-paced tutorials, and workshops designed for K-12 administrators and school systems looking to make a smart investment in the professional learning of their staff.

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