October 9 2014
Two new members have been added to the Board of Directors for ACT, Inc., and one existing director has been designated as vice chairman.
October 1 2014
Numerous states are increasing their use of computerized assessments, but few have updated their laws to account for the new cheating risks this testing format poses, according to The End of Erasures: Updating Test Security Laws and Policies for Computerized Testing, an ACT report released today at the first Conference on Test Security, cohosted by ACT.
August 20 2014
Interest in attending college continues to grow among U.S. high school graduates, according to ACT’s annual Condition of College & Career Readiness report. The report points to increased participation and high aspirations among the nation’s graduates, potentially leading to greater college access.
August 15 2014
ACT Chief Executive Officer Jon Whitmore has announced that he will retire next year after five years with the organization. His official retirement date will be August 31, 2015, which is the end of ACT’s fiscal year.
August 4 2014
Although several states have mandated more advanced coursework for high school students, the stricter graduation guidelines alone may not be enough to prepare students for college and careers, according to a report released by ACT today.
July 24 2014
A new report from ACT suggests the fit between high school students’ interests and their intended college majors often does not improve—and sometimes gets worse—after they enter college and actually declare a major. The findings point to a need for better advising on the selection of a college major in both high school and college.
July 17 2014
Nearly all ACT-tested students from low-income families in the United States aspire to go to college—at an even higher rate than students overall—but many lack the academic preparation to reach this goal, according to new report released today by ACT and the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP).
July 7 2014
ACT, the nation’s leader in college and career readiness, has acquired Pacific Metrics Corporation, a leading provider of education technology solutions headquartered in Monterey, California.
June 23 2014
ACT today named James Larimore as its chief officer for the advancement of underserved learners. Larimore most recently served as dean of students and adviser to the president at Amherst College.
June 13 2014
ACT has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Pacific Metrics Corporation, a leading provider of education technology solutions headquartered in Monterey, California.
June 12 2014
Although 83 percent of Hispanic students aspire to earn a postsecondary degree, just under a fourth are academically prepared to reach that goal, according to a new report released today by ACT and Excelencia in Education.
June 5 2014
Starting in 2015, students who take the ACT®, the nation’s leading college readiness assessment, will receive new scores and indicators designed to improve readiness and help students plan for the future in areas important to success after high school, such as STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and career readiness. These new indicators are among several innovations that ACT will introduce, including an enhanced writing test.
June 4 2014
At first glance, it may seem that a high-achieving Montana teenager and a manufacturing company in Iowa have little in common. Likewise, a Minnesota high school may appear to be worlds apart from a diverse community college in Alabama. Yet ACT last night honored all four as national exemplars for their accomplishments in improving college and career readiness.
May 29 2014
Very few students from at-risk demographic groups—including ethnic minorities, English language learners, those from low-income families and those with disabilities—who start off “far off track“ academically are able to get back on track by four years later, according to a policy report released today by ACT.
May 13 2014
ACT is proud to honor a distinguished group of students, schools and employers as semifinalists for ACT’s National College and Career Readiness Awards. These individuals and organizations are celebrated for being exemplars of college and career readiness.
May 8 2014
Although 85 percent of Pacific Islander students in the United States aspire to earn a postsecondary degree, very few are academically prepared to reach that goal, according to a new report released today by ACT.
May 2 2014
Asian high school graduates in the United States outperformed all other groups in meeting college readiness benchmarks for English, reading, mathematics and science in 2013, according to a report released today by ACT.
April 14 2014
Approximately 4,000 high school students across the United States took the ACT® college readiness assessment on a computer this past Saturday, April 12. It was the first-ever computer-based administration of a national undergraduate college admission exam.
April 10 2014
Rich Patz, ACT chief measurement officer, has been elected vice president of the National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME).
April 9 2014
A new ACT research report shows a clear link between student academic readiness and college dropout and transfer rates. The findings suggest students at the greatest risk of dropping out are those who earn lower ACT® college readiness assessment scores, particularly those with less educated parents and those with lower educational aspirations themselves.
March 27 2014
Nearly all African American students report that they aspire to earn a postsecondary degree, but most are inadequately prepared to succeed in their first-year courses in college, degree or certificate programs, according to a report released today by ACT.
March 12 2014
Most American Indian students—86 percent—want to further their education after high school, but the majority are not well prepared to succeed in college, according to a new report released today by ACT.
March 11 2014
ACT today will welcome seven new members and nine continuing members to its National Workforce Solutions Advisory Board, which guides its national ACT Work Ready Communities initiative.
February 24 2014
ACT, Inc. has achieved designation as a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary" through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP), an Audubon International program. ACT, Inc. is the first property in Iowa and the 74th property in the world to be certified in the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Businesses and Organizations.
February 19 2014
From now until June, ACT will join state governors and superintendents in eight partner states to honor the achievements of students, schools and employers that benefit their communities and succeed despite the challenges they face.
February 5 2014
A new report from ACT reveals an untapped pool of students who have an interest in STEM areas (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) but are not planning to pursue a STEM career as they prepare for the future. The data point to a gap between interests and intentions that, if addressed, could help put more students on the path to STEM careers.