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Assessment ACT to Change How Students Retake Exam, Add 'Superscore'
Starting next fall, some students who take the ACT will be allowed to retake individual sections of the college-entrance exam, instead of having to sit for the entire test again.
Catherine Gewertz, October 8, 2019
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School & District Management Rural Students' Technology Access Still Lagging Behind, ACT Report Shows
While one in five students in U.S. public schools live in a rural area, they are often overlooked when it comes to ed-tech needs, report suggests.
Michelle Goldchain, February 19, 2019
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College & Workforce Readiness ACT Stops 'Flagging' Scores of Students with Disabilities
ACT has stopped telling colleges whether students who took the admissions exam have disabilities, a practice that sparked a lawsuit last summer.
Catherine Gewertz, October 4, 2018
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Special Education Suit Targets ACT on Student Privacy
The lawsuit alleges that the testmaker "stigmatizes" student with disabilities by flagging their test scores for colleges.
Catherine Gewertz, August 21, 2018
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College & Workforce Readiness Students With Disabilities Sue ACT Over Release of Personal Information
A lawsuit against ACT Inc. claims that the company illegally discloses students' disability status to colleges and scholarships organizations.
Catherine Gewertz, August 7, 2018
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Teaching Opinion ACT, Leader in Measurement, Shifts to Focus to Student Success
The nonprofit developer of the ACT test has been expanding beyond traditional measurement to new and broader ways to promote education and workplace success.
Tom Vander Ark, June 18, 2018
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College & Workforce Readiness Big Step in Testing Trend: University of Chicago Makes SAT, ACT Optional
The University of Chicago has announced that it will no longer require the SAT or ACT for admission, marking the first time a major research university has joined the test-optional movement.
Catherine Gewertz, June 14, 2018
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College & Workforce Readiness U.S. Ed. Dept. Warns Districts to Step Up Student Privacy Protections for SAT, ACT
New guidance from the U.S. Education Department warns states and districts that they risk violating federal data-privacy laws if they don't abide by key practices when administering the SAT or ACT.
Catherine Gewertz, May 24, 2018
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Federal North Dakota Is First State to Let Districts Use ACT Instead of State Exam
North Dakota has become the first state in the country to take advantage of a new kind of assessment flexibility: It won federal permission to give school districts the right to substitute the ACT for the state's own required high school test.
Catherine Gewertz, March 7, 2018
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College & Workforce Readiness News in Brief ACT Inc. to Launch Free Service for Students' Test Preparation
ACT Inc. has added a new, free test-preparation service to its lineup.
Catherine Gewertz, February 6, 2018
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Assessment ACT Adds New, Free Test-Prep Service
ACT Inc.'s new free test-prep service arrives amid ever-increasing competition with its rival, the College Board, which offers free test prep of its own.
Catherine Gewertz, January 23, 2018
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Assessment Are the ACT or SAT Good Substitutes for State Tests? New Study Raises Questions
A new study raises questions about how easily states can use the SAT or ACT instead of their required high school achievement tests.
Catherine Gewertz, January 8, 2018
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College & Workforce Readiness Testing, Bachelor's Degrees and More: the Most-Read 'High School & Beyond' Posts of 2017
The most-read blog posts of 2017 show a wide-ranging interest in financial aid, the value of high school diplomas and bachelor's degrees, and, yes, testing screwups.
Catherine Gewertz, December 21, 2017
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College & Workforce Readiness In Battle With ACT, College Board Notches One More Win. But Who's Counting?
In its market-share battle with ACT, the College Board adds one more statewide contract: West Virginia.
Catherine Gewertz, September 15, 2017
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