ACT, Inc. has been selected as the college admissions exam vendor for 2018-2019 and 2019-2020, and can be renewed for an additional four years.
Senate Bill 1 (2017) requires that students take a college admissions exam at grades 10 and 11. The new contract with ACT includes pricing for both grade levels. KDE is working to secure funding for the grade 10 administration.
KDE’s primary use of the college admissions exam is to measure students’ level of readiness for college in core academic content areas. Meeting benchmarks on the ACT is one way students may demonstrate academic readiness in the Transition Readiness indicator of the state’s accountability system for schools.
Beyond the state use of results, the state-administered college admissions exam also benefits students, their parents and educators in several ways. Administering the college admissions exam as part of required state testing permits students to take the exam at no cost to them. The exam is administered during the school day, providing equitable access for all students to participate. Additionally, many organizations that offer merit or academic scholarships will identify and award financial assistance based on scores from a college admissions exam.
The ACT program is a comprehensive system for collecting and reporting information about students planning to enter postsecondary education.
The program consists of four major components:
Tests of Educational Development
The multiple-choice tests cover four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading and science. The tests emphasize reasoning, analysis, problem solving, and the integration of learning from various sources, as well as the application of these proficiencies to the kinds of tasks that college students are expected to perform.
Course/Grade Information Section
This component provides 30 self-reported high school grades in English, mathematics, natural sciences, social studies, language, and the arts. The courses include those that customarily form the core of a college preparatory curriculum and are frequently required for admission to college.
Student Profile Section (SPS)
The SPS contains information reported by students, in such categories as educational plans, interests, and needs, financial aid, and demographic background information.
The ACT Interest Inventory
This 72-item survey reports scores that parallel six interest and occupational types, helping students identify majors consistent with their interests.
ACT is providing a free resource now available to all students, parents, teachers, principals, and other educators. ACT Academy is an online learning tool that provides personalized, free resources unique to student learning gaps and aligned to the ACT reporting categories. ACT Academy is a collection of K-12 videos, games, quizzes, and interactives from publishers such as Flocabulary, NASA, Crash Course, GeoGebra, PBS, and tens of thousands of others that students can access via any computer, tablet, Chromebook, or even their smartphones.
Accommodations for students with an Individual Education Program (IEP) and supports for English Learners (ELs) are available for the ACT. ACT-approved accommodations and EL supports must be requested by a School Test Accommodations Coordinator. Students may test with non-college reportable accommodations without prior ACT approval. More information can be found on the Kentucky ACT website.
Online Score Reports
Students who participate in State Testing may view their score reports on a free ACT student web account. College reportable scores are available online three to eight weeks after the test date.
KDE DAC Information
Office of Assessment and Accountability
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