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9 Principles of High Quality Assessments

For the current era of federal accountability, ACT updated and now recommends nine principles of high-quality assessment systems for schools and districts. 

Supporting English Language Learners

Access supports to accurately reflect English language learner students’ knowledge, regardless of linguistic background.   

Communication to Students

Improve communication with students and parents about college and career readiness through ACT’s Counselor Toolkit, which includes student-focused digital resources.

Poster to Improve Student Test Scores 

Provide relational insight to your school about what students have learned and what they are ready to learn next with ACT® College and Career Readiness Standards posters.

 
Dual Enrollment Programs

High school graduates who enter college with credits from dual enrollment are more likely to succeed in college according to the latest research from ACT. 

Your High School Profile Report

Gain essential insights about students’ needs, interests, backgrounds, and abilities plus how to put these findings to use with the ACT® High School Profile Report.

Improving ACT Test Scores 

Prepare students to do their best by familiarizing them with the format and questions of the ACT® test through several free and affordable test prep solutions offered by ACT.

Useful Data for Early Intervention

The effort to get students on-track is more successful when you provide intervention at earlier grade levels, according to ACT research.

 
8 Key Findings About STEM in the U.S. 

Read the latest key findings in one of the most high-demand fields, where numerous obstacles in students’ preparation for STEM careers are addressed. 

Learn How to Create an SEL Program

Overcome the challenge of establishing an effective Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) program through eight steps supported by research and experts.

Maximize Your ACT Profile Report

Evaluate the selection and rigor of your curriculum and analyze student performance patterns with ACT® High School Profile Reports.

The Art of Declaring a Major

Sticking to an intended major is more consistent when that area of study aligns to a student’s measured interest and expressed certainty at the time of ACT registration.

 
Two Factors Related to Degree Completion 

Maximize the positive, long-term benefits of students by using multiple measures for predicting their chances of college success.

District Testing: Why ACT is the Right Choice 

Creating an opportunity for scholarship, providing information about college and career decisions, and measuring success with predictable evidence are just a few reasons our customers continue choosing the ACT®.

A Comprehensive Assessment Plan 

Foster student success by tracking progress, predicting future growth, and adjusting to meet areas of need by using college and career readiness-based assessments with standards that reflect curriculum. 

Measuring School Climate

Lower risk of poor grades, suspension, and absences were associated with higher perceptions of school safety, according to the latest ACT research. 

 
“X Factor” for College Readiness: Student Motivation and Goals

Research shows that middle school students who have higher motivation scores earn higher grades during high school.

Improving School Climate by Involving Family and Community

Two-way communication with families is one way to address school climate and safety the effect it has on students.

“X Factor” for College Readiness: Parent Involvement

Parents involved in their child’s education can be a strong influence on academic achievement and postsecondary plans.

Guidelines for Preparing Students Early

Put students them on the pathway to educational and career success with these three tips.

 
“X Factor” for College Readiness: Social Engagement

Creating an environment where students can have healthy social engagements pays dividends in the future.

Improving School Climate by Building Faculty Trust and Collaboration

Throughout the school year, take actions to make faculty feel supported, valued, and included in decision-making.

Preparing Students Early: Comprehensive Assessment Plans

Take the steps to make a comprehensive assessment plan so you can make informed, evidence based decisions with the data.

Improving School Climate by Developing SEL

Improve school climate by developing emotional skills and competencies for ALL students, not for just the behaviorally challenged ones.

 
“X Factor” for College Readiness: Perceptions of Education

If a student doesn’t see college as important, they might rule out the option altogether.

Preparing Students Early: Academic Intervention

Providing intervention at earlier grade levels is more successful in getting students on track than at later grade levels.

Improving School Climate by Focusing on Equity

When students feel a bias against them it creates inequity and unsafe feelings. Increase equity to support a positive school climate.

“X Factor” for College Readiness: Economic and Cultural Makeup of Student Body

Disadvantaged schools have lower perceptions of safety, which is a major factor in school climate.

 
Preparing Students Early: College & Career Planning

The sooner you can measure students’ strengths, weaknesses, and interests, the better you can be at putting them on the pathway to success.

“X Factor” for College Readiness: Social and Emotional Learning

Research confirms SEL skills strongly predict academic achievement, career success, and lifelong well-being.

Improving School Climate by Revisiting Student Discipline

You are teaching a student something every time they’re disciplined. We need to restore discipline as instruction, first and foremost.

Improving School Climate by Tapping Student Voice & Leadership

Make students part of the process so they feel heard and respected. Ask them to be involved in the positive change you want to see.