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Purpose/Description

Statewide adoption of one or more key ACT assessment products.

Those products may include selected components of the ACT continuum including ACT Aspire® (launch in spring 2014), ACT QualityCore®, ACT Compass®, ACT WorkKeys®, and the ACT® college readiness assessment.



Intended Users

State Departments of Education, State Boards of Education, legislators, school districts, and administrators



Volume/Number of Users

More than 21 different states are providing one or more ACT products at a statewide level.



Additional Facts

Adopting all or part of the ACT continuum on a statewide basis provides significant advantages for educational and career planning, assessment, instructional support, and evaluation.

  • Students benefit from a longitudinal assessment system that includes coordinated measurement
  • The system focuses on the integrated, higher-order thinking skills students develop in grades K–12 that are important for success both during and after high school.
  • Norm and criterion-referenced assessments provide meaningful data for student and school improvement efforts.

In addition, statewide testing:

  • raises awareness and exposure among all students, rather than just self-selected, college-bound students
  • can help equalize opportunity and bring more individuals into the enrollment pipeline
  • provides crucial data regarding workforce readiness.


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