A Five-Part Professional Learning Webinar Series for Summer 2020
Learn from the ACT Data Doctor—Understanding and Using Your Student Data

Education leaders know that planning doesn’t stop, not even in times of crisis. ACT wants to ensure you have the best information and data to help plan the 2020-2021 school year and to guide your students toward college and career success.

In this five-part series of short (30 minutes each, plus Q&A) and informative webinars, Bryan Williams, Ed.D., Program Director of Professional Learning and ACT's own "data doctor,” will help you discover key insights about your students to guide your instructional planning. In each episode, Bryan will be joined by ACT experts in measurement, navigation, and learning.

Bryan co-leads Professional Learning at ACT and regularly helps education leaders interpret and make the most of the robust data they receive from ACT services.

All webinars will be available during the times listed and on demand after each live event. The registration form on this page will register you for the five-part series. Attendees will receive a certificate of participation for each event. We hope you can spend your Tuesday mornings with us!


Date: Tuesdays, from June 23 to July 21
Time: 11:00 a.m. ET / 8:00 a.m. PT
Duration: 30 minutes each

Part 1—What Does College Readiness Look Like? Just Ask the Data!
Now available on-demand | View recording | Download slides
We’ll focus on the research that acts as the backbone for how ACT defines college readiness. Fully understanding this backbone will help your school or district determine your college readiness end goals. This content is the basis for the following four webinars, which will take a deeper dive into data.

In particular, the presenters will describe: Lisa WolfCo-Presenter:
Lisa Wolf
K-12 National Director
Client Relations, ACT

Part 2—Moving from Static to Dynamic Data
Now available on-demand | View recording | Download slides
Harness the power of your data through both static and dynamic data reporting by understanding the value in both. With the introduction of ACT Online Reporting, schools can dynamically customize, export, and plan using data. We will show how you can access the Roster view, Summary Reports, and Data Tools. Want to compare demographics? Looking for specific high school information such as GPA, educational goals, and college interests? Compare your results with the benchmarks? Looking for specific reporting categories, or want to set goals by identifying students who are above or under scoring criteria? This webinar will show you how to access these reports so you can answer these questions and more!

Nivia SerranoCo-Presenter:
Nivia Serrano
Account Executive
Client Relations, ACT

Part 3—Mind the Gaps: Finding (and Filling) Your Learning and Instructional Gaps
Tuesday, July 7, 2020 | 11 a.m. ET / 8 a.m. PT
Learn how you can use ACT data to identify learning gaps and potential areas to strengthen your curriculum. You’ll learn about the insights and data points designed to help your teachers prepare for future instruction, and you'll receive the knowledge and tools you can apply to:
  • Student performance
  • Curriculum alignment
  • Standards-based data analysis
  • Planning instruction
Sherry ReedCo-Presenter:
Sherry Reed
Senior Account Executive
Client Relations, ACT

Part 4—Early Intervention: Reinforcing Student Mastery and Success at the Core
Tuesday, July 14, 2020 | 11 a.m. ET / 8 a.m. PT
ACT assessments provide data at the Reporting Category level, allowing educators to determine the “how” and the “when” for instruction.  Because the data are specific, the needs of each student are revealed for classroom intervention to determine if reteaching is the need or if students need additional scaffolding of instruction to fill gaps in the learning.   Educators can use the data for “early intervention,” reinforcing skills and concepts important for student mastery and success at the core.

Learn how to use data to analyze student learning and support classroom intervention, including:
  • How the ACT College and Career Readiness Standards and ACT Holistic Framework provide insight into grade-level standards and a tangible path for teaching and learning
  • How ACT assessments are designed for monitoring and benchmarking student progress
  • How ACT data show learning gaps for “early intervention”
  • How a process of test item analysis can be applied to examine class and student performance and concept/skill attainment

Kim RasmussenCo-Presenter:
Kim Rasmussen
Account Executive
Client Relations, ACT

Part 5—Using Data to Create Your Action Plan
Tuesday, July 21, 2020 | 11 a.m. ET / 8 a.m. PT
Data collection and interpretation alone have no value; they are important only when they inform and monitor action, when they lead to school improvement, and—most of all—when they generate greater student success. We will conclude the webinar series by focusing on best practices in using ACT data. Presenters will focus on the topic of planning for data-informed continuous improvement planning in your school or district, with a deep dive that covers:
  • Prioritizing the most important data for setting improvement goals and monitoring progress
  • Including key constituencies in Action Planning
  • Determining quality Curriculum and Instruction initiatives
  • Maintaining momentum
Whether or not your school or district already has an improvement plan, we will provide insights that will inform your work in ensuring a brighter future for your students, school, and district.

Jonathan MartinCo-Presenter:
Jonathan Martin
Program Director, Professional Learning
Client Implementation, ACT