As a not-for-profit educational research organization, ACT is committed to producing research that focuses on key issues in education and workforce development. Our goal is to serve as an information resource. We strive to provide policymakers with the insight they need to inform education and workforce development policy and to give educators the tools they need to lead more students toward college and career success. What follows are some of ACT’s recent and most groundbreaking research studies.
Discover the 20 hard-hitting characteristics that make school systems successful at preparing students for college and careers.
This report proposes a simple definition to describe the increasing mismatch between labor market supply and demand in America and sets forth detailed and specific measures to analyze skills gaps in four major industry sectors.
This report provides an overview of the Core Practice Framework, an evidence-based approach schools or districts can use to develop a long-term and systemic strategy for improving student performance.
Forty-five states have adopted the Common Core State Standards. Now, efforts to implement the standards take on primary importance. ACT provides this first look at student performance relative to the Common Core State Standards and college and career readiness.
This report examines the factors that influence college and career readiness. The percentage of 8th graders on target to be ready for college-level work by the time they graduate from high school is so small that it raises questions not just about the prospect that these students can eventually be ready for college and career but also about whether they are even ready for high school.
This one-page information brief provides results of a fall 2011 study that surveyed teachers and administrators from higher performing high schools and assessed the timeline for key implementation tasks for the Common Core State Standards.