ACT is pleased to be an active partner with the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

We provided expansive longitudinal data on academic achievement and college readiness to determine what knowledge and skills should be included in the standards.

Because these standards are based on empirical data and reflect the shared goal of preparing students for readiness in credit-bearing college courses and in careers, ACT's Course Standards and College Readiness Standards™ successfully align with the Common Core State Standards.

About the Initiative

The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers and is committed to the process of developing a common core of state K–12 English language arts and mathematics standards.

Shifting Expectations: Creating a New Culture of Student Readiness in Your State (PDF, 4 pages)
Based on extensive experience implementing college and career readiness assessments in partnership with states, this report includes six action steps to help policymakers and educators make the transition to a culture in which student readiness becomes the “gold standard” by which educational progress is measured.

Communicating Assessment Results (PDF, 3 pages)
Based on examples of states that have transitioned their state assessments to reflect college and career readiness, the report offers three policy recommendations to help states successfully navigate the transition.