February 2018

Work, Learn, and Earn

Nearly 60 percent of college students in the U.S. who are studying to earn a college degree are also working. Additionally, 48 percent of high school students work for pay outside of their home. Individuals who work for pay and are enrolled in a formal learning program to earn a diploma, credential, or degree are known as working learners. With working and learning now a norm, it’s important to understand who working learners are and particularly what juggling the demands of working and learning means for underserved working learners.

To learn more about working learners and how working and learning effects academic and career outcomes, read the ACT Center for Equity in Learning’s animated working learner research briefs and infographic.

Reducing Barriers to Educator Data Use

ACT researchers Raeal Moore and Michelle Croft recently released the issue brief “Reducing Barriers to Educator Data Use.” Based on a survey of educators, the issue brief found that educators had adequate data access but lacked time and technical skills to properly use the data.

2018 Policy Platforms

ACT released four updated 2018 policy platforms (K-12 education, higher education, career and technical education, and workforce development) on January 23. These platforms are informed by ACT’s unique experience and research in education and workforce assessment, as well as industry-wide best practices, in order to focus on the challenge of ensuring that students are prepared for college and the workforce. Each focuses on specific goals, but they are also interrelated components of a unified approach to improving an individual's success throughout her or his lifetime.

Work Ready Communities

State of the State economic development rankings
The highly-followed State of the State economic development rankings are in for 2018 with Site Selection Magazine. The Rankings that Matter index is now in its 7th year of using the volume of the National Career Readiness Certificate to prove workforce quality among its six overall metrics used. One of the six this year is a new component from the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation based on 25 indicators that measure the extent to which state economies are knowledge-based, globalized, entrepreneurial, IT-driven and innovation-oriented. Site Selection’s annual analysis shows that job creators and investors continue to monitor NCRC progress. Check out the rankings for each state online.

ACT Work Ready Communities Academy Spring 2018
Make 2018 your best year yet for your region with Work Ready Communities. Applications now being accepted for Spring 2018 Work Ready Communities Academy. The Academy helps prepare local leaders to implement and leverage the success of Work Ready Communities. Learn more here.

News From the Field

The Louisiana ACT Council is hosting their first statewide event on March 1st, the Louisiana ACT Symposium. You can learn more and register here.

The Hawai`i ACT Council hosted a series of half-day workshops called Hawai`i ACT School Day Success and Hawai`i ACT College Admissions Success. Workshops were held on the islands of Hawai`i, Maui, and O’ahu to help reach more K12 and College Admissions professionals.


    • Minnesota ACT State Organization Conference
      February 9, 2018
      Register here
    • Nevada ACT State Organization Conference
      February 9, 2018
      Register here
    • Wisconsin ACT State Organization Conference
      February 13, 2018
      Register here
    • Iowa ACT State Organization Conference
      March 7, 2018
      Register here
    • North Carolina ACT State Organization Conference
      March 22, 2018
      Register here
    • Kansas ACT State Organization Conference
      April 2, 2018
      Register here

    ACT to Launch ACT Academy, a Free, Online Learning Program Designed to Help Improve ACT Scores, College Readiness

    To read the full press release, visit here.

    Register for an upcoming ACT Aspire Workshop

    For more information, visit here.

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