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ACT® 101 for School Administrators

Illinois ACT State Organization – 2007 Annual Conference

Tuesday, November 27, 2007 – Springfield IL

Wednesday, November 28, 2007 – Naperville/Lisle, IL

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Then (1959) …

and …

Now (2007)

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ACT Assessment

  • Academic Assessments

    • English

    • Mathematics

    • Reading

    • Science

  • Student Profile Section

  • Course/Grade Section

  • Career Interest Inventory

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ACT Registration

  • Paper/Pencil Registration Form (US Mail)

    • Admission Ticket Mailed to Student

  • OnLine Student Registration

    • Students Print Admission Ticket OnLine

  • PSAE (Illinois) Student Registration

    • Schools Register Juniors Through SIS

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College Readiness Standards

  • Narrative Description of what students need to know and be able to do

  • Reflect a Common Continuum of Achievement

  • Progressive Model of Student Progress from Middle to High School

  • Reflect Student Strengths/Weaknesses

  • Evaluate Student Readiness for Next Levels of Learning

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ACT Readiness Benchmarks

for Entry-Level College Courses

EXPLORE (8th/9th) PLAN (10th) ACT Assessment (11th/12th)

College Readiness College Readiness College Readiness

College Courses Benchmarks Benchmarks Benchmarks

English Composition EXPLORE English PLAN English ACT English

Algebra EXPLORE Math PLAN Math ACT Math

Social Studies EXPLORE Reading PLAN Reading ACT Reading

Biology EXPLORE Science PLAN Science ACT Science

College Readiness Benchmarks

Through collaborative research with postsecondary institutions nationwide, ACT has established the following college readiness benchmarks*:

* Minimum score needed on an ACT subject-area test to indicate a 50% chance of obtaining a B or higher or a 75% chance of obtaining a C or higher in the corresponding first-year credit-bearing college course.













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School – Pre Test Issues

  • Receive and Verify Test Materials

  • Secure and Store Materials

  • Arrange for Testing Facilities

  • Recruit and Train Testing Personnel

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On Test Day

Students Report to the Test Center

  • Photo ID

    • Driver License

    • School Photo ID

    • I.D. Letter

    • Recognition

  • Admission Ticket

  • Two #2 Pencils

  • Calculator (for the Mathematics Test)

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Schools – Test Day Activities

Briefing Session for Testing Personnel

  • Review Procedures

  • Distribute Materials

    • Room Roster

    • Administration Manual

    • Test Booklets (ACT Assessment & Writing Test)

    • Answer Folder

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Schools – Testing Room Activities

  • ID and Admit Students to the Test Center and Testing Rooms

    • Check ID, Mark Roster, Seat Students

  • Read Directions to Students

  • Distribute Materials to Students

  • Monitor Student Work

  • Following Testing – Collect and Verify Materials

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Schools – Post Test Activities

  • Post-Test Meeting with Testing Personnel

    • Turn In Materials

      • Answer Folders

      • Room Reports

  • Collect and Verify Testing Materials

  • Complete Required Reports

  • Prepare Answer Folders for Return

  • Secure and Store Test Booklets for Return

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ACT Results

  • Student Results

    • View Scores OnLine (free)

    • ACT Results Mailed to Student

  • School Results Sent to High School

    • Roster of Student Scores

    • Individual Student Score Reports – School Version

    • Student Score Labels (2)

  • High School Electronic Score Reporting (purchase)

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ACT EssayView


  • Establish a Free School Account

  • Share Username/Password With School Staff (administration, English staff, counselors, etc.)

  • Copy of Student Scanned Essays with Scoring and Comments

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Annual Reporting to Schools

  • High School Profile Report (August)

  • High School College Readiness Letter

  • District College Readiness Letter

  • District School Profile Report (purchase)

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PSAE Reporting

  • ACT Student Report (3 weeks after testing)

  • ACT School Reports

    • Roster of Student Scores

    • Individual Student Score Report – School Version

    • Individual Student Score Labels (2)

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PSAE Reporting

  • Preliminary PSAE Student Report (August)

  • PSAE Reports to School (September)

    • CD of Scores

    • Student Reports – Score Report, State Goals Report

    • School Reports – School Summary, Score Roster, State Standards Goal Report

    • WorkKeys Student Reports (2)

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ACT State Test Profile Report

Spring 2007 ACT-Tested Juniors

Sample High School



Sample High School

1000 South First St

Sample, IL 60000

PSAE Reporting

Sent to Building Principal in October

  • ACT State Test Profile Report

  • CD of Junior ACT Scores from April/May PSAE Administration

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Consists of three aligned assessment programs


    • 8th/9th grade assessment

    • Provides baseline information on the academic prep of students

    • Used to plan high school coursework

  • PLAN

    • 10th grade assessment

    • Midpoint review of students’ progress toward educational/career goals

    • Take time to make necessary interventions

  • ACT Assessment

    • 11th/12th grade assessment

    • Measure students’ academic readiness for postsecondary success

    • College admission and placement tool

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The ACT Core Curriculum

  • English (four years or more) – English 9-12

  • Mathematics (three years or more) – one year each of Algebra 1, Algebra II, and Geometry.

  • Social Studies (three years or more) – one year each of American History, World History, and American Government

  • Natural Sciences (three years or more) – one year of General/Physical/Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics

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Not only is taking the right number of courses important, the right kind of courses, and the rigor of these courses, is critical to student readiness for college-level work

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10 Ways to Raise ACT Scores

Increase % of Students Taking Core Coursework

Provide Test Preparation Experience

Review Content and Format of the ACT Assessment

Align Curriculum with Skills Tested

Involve Faculty and Parents

Examine and Discuss Core Trends and School Profile Report

Focus on Improvement, Not Composite

Retesting – Test Information Release

Promote a Serious Attitude About Importance/Uses of ACT

Student Motivation

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Contact ACT:

George Schlott

Senior Consultant

Elementary/Secondary Educational Services – Illinois

ACT Midwest Regional Office

300 Knightsbridge Parkway, Suite 300

Lincolnshire, IL 60069

847/634-2560 ● Cell 319/321-9698

FAX: 847/634-3410

[email protected]