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  • 1.
    • ACT and Me
  • 2.
    • Understanding the Score Report
  • 3. Understanding the Score Report
    • Over 300 points of data on each student
      • Cognitive Data
      • Non-Cognitive Data
  • 4.
    • Cognitive Data
  • 5. Understanding the data you receive: Cognitive Data
    • The ACT is a curriculum-based assessment
      • Tests students in core subject areas of English, mathematics
      • reading and science
      • Assesses student proficiencies in these subject areas
      • Informs and affects more than recruitment strategies
  • 6.
      • More than just a score!
        • ACT National Curriculum Survey
        • ACT College Readiness Standards
    Understanding the data you receive: Cognitive Data
  • 7.
    • ACT National Curriculum Survey
      • Survey middle, high school and postsecondary educators
      • Determine faculty expectations in English, math, reading and science – then compare these to actual teaching and rigor practices as they tie to college readiness
      • Survey is basis and foundation for EPAS
        • Tests and promotes college readiness
        • Standards are not opinions, but facts based on survey and research
    Understanding the data you receive: Cognitive Data
  • 8.
    • ACT 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
    Understanding the data you receive: Cognitive Data
  • 9. Understanding the data you receive: Cognitive Data
  • 10.
    • Without improving the quality and content of the core, it appears that most students need to take additional higher-level courses to learn what they should have learned from a rigorous core curriculum, with no guarantee even then that they will be prepared for college-level work.
    • ACT research suggests that students today do not have a reasonable chance of becoming ready for college unless they take additional higher-level courses beyond the minimum core, and even then they are not always likely to be ready for college. This finding is in part a reflection on the quality and intensity—the rigor —of the high school curriculum.
    • ACT Minimum Core
    • English: 4 years Social Studies: At least 3 years
    • Mathematics: At least 3 years Natural Sciences: At least 3 years
    Understanding the data you receive: Cognitive Data
  • 11. Understanding the data you receive: Cognitive Data
  • 12.
    • Readiness Benchmark Scores
    • Through collaborative research with postsecondary institutions nationwide, ACT has established the following College Readiness Benchmark Scores:
    • A benchmark score is the minimum score needed on an ACT subject area test to indicate a 50% chance of obtaining a B or higher or about a 75% chance of obtaining a C or higher in the corresponding credit-bearing college courses.
    College Readiness Benchmark Score English English Composition 18 Math Algebra 22 Reading Social Sciences 21 Science Biology 24 ACT Subject Area Test College Course(s)
  • 13. Understanding the data you receive: Cognitive Data
  • 14.
    • Non-Cognitive
  • 15. Non-Cognitive: Score Report Information
    • Major/degree interests
    • Type of institution/interests
      • Extracurricular activities
      • In HS and for postsecondary
    • School choice/size
    • Needs (academic and otherwise)
    • Career Interests – World of Work Map
  • 16.
    • Integrating Data Into Your Counseling Strategy
  • 17. Integrating Data Into Your Counseling Strategy
    • Integrating Cognitive Data
      • Understanding Skills vs. Scores improves communication with students
      • Personalizes communications regarding academic needs/strengths
      • More informed academic and college counseling process
  • 18.
    • Integrating Non-Cognitive Data
      • Personalized communication which each student
      • Promote institutional intervention, student support services, career counseling geared toward student needs/interests/plans
      • Begin effective communication as early as first ACT Official Score Report
    Integrating Data Into Your Counseling Strategy
  • 19.
    • Time of First Time Testing
  • 20. First Time Testing
    • When a student takes their first ACT has an impact on college access and enrollment
    • The later a student takes their first test, the less access they have to the college admissions pipeline
    • First time test taking impacts all demographics, but has a greater impact on minorities
  • 21. First-Time Testing
    • Nationally – 60% of African-American and Hispanic students take their first ACT as Seniors
      • Late testing limits access to postsecondary institutions
      • Schools are looking at yield and not building prospect pool during student senior year
    • In IL, CO, MI, KY, TN, WY, ND – 100% of students take ACT in Spring of Junior year
  • 22.
    • Importance of Name Release for ACT Testers
  • 23. Releasing Names for Postsecondary Access
    • Entering the pipeline requires that students release their names and contact information for access by colleges/universities
    • Not releasing names limits access to important information for entry to postsecondary education
  • 24.
    • Most Important Factors for Effective Counseling
  • 25.
    • More in-depth knowledge of skills – not just scores
      • College Readiness Standards/Benchmarks
      • Steer communication, intervention, students services based on cognitive understanding
    • Effective personalized communication/counseling using non-cognitive data
      • Connect institutional services with students interests and needs
    Most Important Factors for Effective Counseling
  • 26.
    • Promoting early testing (Junior year) increases access for students and institutions to vital information/data
    • Students and Counselors need to understand importance of releasing names
    • Making sure students take the right courses!!!
    Most Important Factors for Effective Counseling