May 2018
Intersections

ACT CollegeReady is Now Available!

We’ve reached a milestone on the journey to making students unstoppable. ACT® CollegeReady™, the new college readiness and student success tool from ACT, is now available for institutions!

A better solution than the traditional approach of high-stakes placement exams and developmental education, ACT CollegeReady empowers learners to:

  • Gain real-time feedback about what they know, what they need to review, and what they need to learn to become college-ready
  • Accelerate their learning of math and English for college
  • Avoid, or dramatically reduce, the need for developmental education, saving time and money

Read the news release and learn more about ACT CollegeReady and how it can help higher education institutions focus on student success while reducing barriers for their students’ readiness, retention, and completion.

ACT District Testing in 2018-2019

  • REDUCED Price For the 2018-2019 school year, the price for ACT District Testing will be REDUCED for all school districts nationwide. Additional discounts will be available for districts with 50-100% of students who qualify for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program (FRLP). For pricing and information, click here.
  • FREE ACT Test Prep: ACT® Academy™ ACT Academy is a FREE online ACT test prep tool for students with official ACT practice tests, the world’s leading collection of online learning resources, and personalized, self-guided plans based on test results from PreACT® and the ACT® test. In the 2018-19 school year, ACT Academy will feature classroom integration resources for your educators.
  • Online Reporting ACT is launching a new dynamic online reporting system. A pilot was started last fall, and online reporting will be available for all ACT District Testing customers in the 2018-19 school year.
  • English Learner Accommodations English learner (EL) supports are available on the ACT test to US students. The goal of the supports is to help ensure that the ACT scores earned by English learners accurately reflect what they have learned in school. Scores from these tests are college reportable

ACT Fall District Testing Registration DEADLINE: June 22, 2018 | Get Started with ACT District Testing

ACT Academy – 3 Easy Steps to improving an ACT test score for free!

Encourage your students to go to act.org/academy to take steps to strong ACT test score.

The top 3 things your students should know:

  1. It’s free!
    ACT Academy is free to all students everywhere. Having an account allows your students to track their progress and keep moving forward. 
  2. Create a playlist: Take a quiz or enter a score.
    Short quizzes are designed to help students identify the content they have mastered and to clarify areas where more focus is needed. If your students have already taken the ACT or PreACT they can simply enter their scores and custom playlists will be automatically created! 
  3. Watch and learn.
    ACT Academy creates automated daily playlists to hit on the basic lessons your students need to master the ACT. After each lesson, a short quiz will determine if the resources they were given helped them learn the material needed. 

Practice makes possible - watch the video on these three easy steps to make an impact in the shortest amount of time.

2018 ACT Workforce Summit | Accepting Proposals to Present

The 2018 ACT Workforce Summit, Unmasking the Potential, will assemble the best of workforce development to reveal how vibrant partnerships grow communities and sustain a robust workforce.

How have you unmasked the potential within your workplace, institution or region? Do you have best practices to share? Programs or initiatives that are working? Partnerships that are producing real results? Work Ready Community success stories? The Workforce Summit is October 8-10 at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans. The deadline to submit proposals is June 8, 2018.

Be a part of the transformation by sharing stories and best practices that are sure to leave all attendees inspired and ready to unmask the potential within their respective regions.

Submit a proposal and share your expertise.

Connecting Employers to Qualified Candidates

Finding qualified candidates with the skills sets required for open positions can be a time-consuming and arduous task for most employers. ACT is seeking to change how employers identify pre-qualified candidates by developing technology that connects them to candidates with validated skills and credentials.

Identify qualified candidates by matching criteria you establish including the ACT WorkKeys® National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) or required/preferred WorkKeys Assessment for the job positions through the ACT Workforce Skills Exchange.

ACT is asking employers to interact and influence the future state of this beta product. Participating will provide employers with free access to actual candidate data.

Learn More and Sign Up

WORK READY COMMUNITIES

Refinement in the training to implement Work Ready Communities is ready to debut for 2018. Now known as the Work Ready Communities Boot Camp, the training consists out of two sessions each lasting two days. The first session of Boot Camp 11 will be offered in Nashville August 1-2 (with the second session taking place Oct 1-2). Interested counties now have the option to fill out the application online. For more information or to apply, please visit here. WRC is targeting Little Rock, Omaha, and Atlanta for future Boot Camp locations.

ACT is pleased to welcome another group of Work Ready Communities that reached certification. These include Danville in Virginia, Bladen and Harnett in North Carolina, Copiah and Holmes in Mississippi, and Dade and Moniteau in Missouri. There are now 385 counties participating or already certified.

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchison offered high profile remarks for the launch of Work Ready Community efforts in Arkansas, Grant, and Jefferson Counties. Check out the video online.  Mississippi County, Arkansas is featured in a recent case study from ACT as well.

NEWS FROM THE FIELD

Alabama/Mississippi

Alabama/Mississippi meeting in Tuscaloosa, AL

The Alabama and Mississippi Councils met for the third year in a row for their joint Council meeting in Tuscaloosa on April 11. Council members, Donny Jones, West Alabama Chamber of Commerce, Denny Smith, Calhoun Community College, and Brandi Lyndall, Get2College, all provided presentations and some great information around initiatives at their institutions.

Florida
The Florida Council is working to finalize its semi-annual newsletter for Florida State Organization members. We will meet in Orlando to complete that task and discuss new business.

Kentucky
The Kentucky Council has selected a date and location for their 2018 Symposium. The event will take place on October 16 at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, KY. We just released the call for proposals and hope you will consider submitting your session ideas!

Arizona
The Arizona ACT Council has decided to move forward with planning for the next iteration of the Arizona ACT Summit. The 2018-19 Arizona ACT Summit will include a “Reverse Postsecondary Options Fair” for educators to open the Summit. The Summit will also feature two rounds of TED Talk style short presentation. The date of the Summit is still to be determined. The Council is also exploring partnerships Achieve60AZ. The goal of Achieve60AZ is to help generate greater public and private awareness, ownership and support for the long-term steps needed in college entry and completion, adult education and training, and identifying and closing skills gaps to better prepare our workforce and our state for the future.



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Sign Up To Attend ACT Work Ready Communities Boot Camp


August 1-2, 2018 and
October 1-2, 2018

Both session will be held in Nashville, TN

Interested? Apply here.


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