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1 ACT s College and Career Readiness Solutions for Texas

2 Glen Gullikson Director, P-16 Programs & Services ACT Southwest Region 512/

3 ACT Mission & Values O U R M I S S I O N Helping people achieve education and workplace success. O U R V A L U E S Excellence in all aspects of our work Mutual respect, fairness, and visionary leadership Diversity in people and ideas Individual growth and development Courteous, responsive, ethical relations with clients and colleagues Conscientious citizenship and constructive engagement in civic life Partnerships with other organizations

4 Objective To examine how having good information that leads to timely interventions can make all the difference.

5 RESEARCH PROGRESS ACT s College Readiness Benchmarks STANDARDS ACT College Readiness Standards RESEARCH Student success in collegeentry courses in a nationally representative sample of colleges READINESS for college and workforce training programs ACT National Curriculum Survey (Grades 7-14) RESEARCH Standards-based and normative comparisons ASSESSMENT EXPLORE, PLAN, the ACT, and Student Readiness Inventory. INSTRUCTION QualityCore RESEARCH Course objectives based on high-performing schools

6 College and Career Readiness System The College and Career Readiness System is a comprehensive program intended to help assist schools and districts in preparing every student for college and work. The system is a fully aligned, research-based solution. Longitudinal Assessments Instruction 8th 9th Grade Score Scale: th Grade Score Scale: th 12th Grade Score Scale: th 12th Grade Instructional Improvement English, math, reading, science, optional Writing Test (ACT only) Career and Educational Components

7 Program Features of EXPLORE and PLAN Curriculum-based assessment that measures the knowledge and skills critical to college and career readiness Tests in English, math, reading and science just like the ACT Personalized career interest inventory and exploration Provides diagnostic student-level item analysis

8 Content Breakdown Test Questions Minutes Content English Measures standard written English and rhetorical skills Mathematics Measures mathematical skills students have typically acquired in courses taken up to the beginning of grade 9 Reading Measures reading comprehension Science Measures the interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning, and problem-solving skills required in the natural sciences

9 Content Breakdown Test Questions Minutes Content English Measures standard written English and rhetorical skills Mathematics Measures mathematical skills students have typically acquired in courses taken up to the beginning of grade 10 Reading Measures reading comprehension Science Measures the interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning, and problem-solving skills required in the natural sciences

10 Benefits for Schools and Districts Test on your schedule Aligns with Texas State Standards and the Texas College Readiness Standards Correlates with increases in college enrollment, persistence, and success Connects assessment results to instruction, curriculum evaluation, effective guidance, and student success Increased opportunities for minority, middle, and low income students Provides district, school and student-level reports with quick turnaround time

11 Benefits for Students Increases a student s likelihood of going to college Helps increase student achievement for college or career Includes a career planning component Includes a guide to explain to students what their scores mean and how to use them

12 Student Score Report What is the Student Score Report? This report is an individualized score report detailing scores received on the assessment, career plans and needs indicated by the student. What will the Student Score Report do? The Student Score Report will provide suggestions for improving student academic skills careers that match student interests indicators of college readiness

13 Student Score Report Item Analysis Career Interest Inventory College Readiness Benchmarks College Readiness Standards Course and Grade Information

14 ACT s College Readiness Benchmarks Empirically Derived EXPLORE Test College Course 8th Grade 9th Grade PLAN The ACT English English Composition Math Algebra Reading Social Sciences Science Biology % chance of achieving a B or higher or about a 75% chance of achieving a C or higher in the corresponding credit-bearing college course

15 ACT s College Readiness Standards Displays the direct link between what students have learned and what they are ready to learn next. Suggested learning experiences provide links between the Standards in one score range and those in the next (higher) score range. Ideas for progressing to the next score range demonstrate ways that information learned from standardized test results can be used to inform classroom instruction. Aligned to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills and the Texas College Readiness Standards.

16 ACT s College Readiness Standards Example: Mathematics College Readiness Standards

17 Questions to Consider: Are there patterns in academic skills that the student is not as strong in? What areas should attention be focused? How can the school address the areas of concern?

18 Early Intervention Roster What are the Early Intervention Rosters (EIR)? The Early Invention Rosters are school-level reports that identify students who qualify under three possible categories: Early Identification, Coursework Intervention, and Need for Assistance. This information can help you design intervention strategies to assist students to reach their academic and career goals. Early Intervention Rosters are sent to the school contact identified at the time of materials order. What will the Early Intervention Rosters do? The EIR prioritizes students that need or have requested attention.

19 Questions to Consider: In which areas do the majority of the students needs assistance? What program or programs do you have or might you implement to assist these students in meeting their needs?

20 Next Steps Early Intervention Roster Identify the individuals who need to see this report. Develop your plan on how your school is going to intervene with the students on this list.

21 Boston Indicated an interest in becoming a veterinarian Looks good on paper but only taking the courses required to graduate Extremely outgoing and well-liked in school

22 ACT s College Readiness Benchmarks EXPLORE Test College Course 8th Grade 9th Grade PLAN The ACT English English Composition Math Algebra Reading Social Sciences Science Biology Empirically Derived 50% chance of achieving a B or higher or about a 75% chance of achieving a C or higher in the corresponding credit-bearing college course

23 Boston s Scores Relative to the College Readiness Benchmarks English Math Reading Science EXPLORE Boston s Score English Math Reading Science PLAN Boston s Score English Math Reading Science ACT Boston s Score

24 Profile Summary Report Profile Summary Reports will: compare your students score and subscores with those of students nationally measure if your students are On Track to be college ready when they graduate from high school differentiate scores by ethnic and gender groups relate scores to the courses students have taken or are currently taking (PLAN only) relate student composite scores and coursework plans: to their educational plans to their expressed needs for help postsecondary plans to their career preferences from the Career Areas List. postsecondary plans relate to their career clusters from the World-of-Work Map.

25 Questions to Consider: Are more students above or below the benchmark score in each of the areas? What are the highest/lowest performing content areas? How does your local mean in each content area compare to the national mean?

26 Item Response Summary Report What is the Item Response Summary Report (IRSR)? This report provides tables describing the item-by-item performance of your PLAN examinees. Item response results are categorized by test (e.g., English), by subscore (e.g., Usage/Mechanics), and by content area (e.g., Punctuation) and provide comparisons to other students taking the same test form. District IRSR is cumulative report of your participating school reports. Your district also receives copies of all school level reports. What will the IRSR do? Determine your students academic strengths and weaknesses relative to the skills and knowledge measured by the test items, and address apparent weaknesses at the content area level.

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29 Questions to Consider: Given your curriculum, is the percentage of your report group answering each item correctly and consistent with your expectations? Is a large percentage of your report group choosing incorrect response options?

30 Questions to Consider: What range are the majority of the students falling into? Where are you or are you teaching the skills in the College Readiness Standard score bands?

31 Curriculum Alignment Assists in organizing teaching practices Offers sequence for delivering content Provides clear scope of what must be taught to all students

32 Importance of Rigor Specify courses students need to take to graduate from high school ready for college and work. Align high school course outcomes with state standards. Hire qualified teachers and provide training or professional development support. Expand access for all students to highquality, vertically aligned core courses. Measure results at the course level.

33 QualityCore

34 Educator Resources

35 Test Builder

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37 District Level Report

38 RESEARCH PROGRESS ACT s College Readiness Benchmarks STANDARDS ACT College Readiness Standards RESEARCH Student success in collegeentry courses in a nationally representative sample of colleges READINESS for college and workforce training programs ACT National Curriculum Survey (Grades 7-14) RESEARCH Standards-based and normative comparisons ASSESSMENT EXPLORE, PLAN, the ACT, and Student Readiness Inventory. INSTRUCTION QualityCore RESEARCH Course objectives based on high-performing schools

39 Texas 2010 Graduating Class

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42 Percentage of state and national population performing in English Score Band Ranges (used with ACT s College Readiness Standards)

43 Percentage of state and national population performing in Mathematics Score Band Ranges (used with ACT s College Readiness Standards)

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45 Additional Resources

46 4th Annual Southwest Regional Symposium January 12-13, 2011 Westin Galleria Dallas Registration Fee: $125 (until 12/13/10) Late Registration: $150 Room Block Rate: $149/nt. Online Registration Coming Soon at

47 Glen Gullikson Director, P-16 Programs & Services ACT Southwest Region 512/

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