ACT National Curriculum Survey®

The ACT National Curriculum Survey is a nationwide survey of educational practices and expectations.

Conducted every three to five years by ACT, the survey collects data about what entering college students should know and be able to do to be ready for college-level coursework in English, math, reading, and science.

  • The results of the survey are used to inform ongoing efforts to develop, refine, and update common academic standards such as the Common Core State Standards, as well as to inform policymakers and educators.
  • The results are also used to help guide development of ACT's curriculum-based assessments—EXPLORE® for 8th and 9th graders, PLAN® for 10th graders, and the ACT® for 11th and 12th graders—and ensure that they meet the needs of college and career readiness.