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The Supreme Court Rules to Bolster Special Education Programs and Supports

By: Jeff McCullough, J.D., Senior Director for Accessibility at ACT’s Center for Equity in Learning. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling that requires public schools to offer special education programs and supports that meet higher standards. “When all is said and done, a student offered an educational program providing merely more than […]

Taking a Holistic Approach to College and Career Readiness

March 20, 2017 By ACT’s Research & Test Development Departments: Alex Casillas, Kristin Stoeffler, Jason Way, and Becky Bobek. Since 2012, the number of underrepresented students taking the ACT® test has increased by 26%, with the number of those students who aspire to attain a postsecondary education continuing to grow. Unfortunately, the number of these […]

America’s Budget Priorities Should Put Underserved Students and Workers First

March 20, 2017 By Marten Roorda, Chief Executive Officer The release of the President’s budget blueprint for fiscal year 2018 has rightly prompted deep concern within the education and workforce development communities, not least for its cuts to programs that benefit low-income and underserved learners and job seekers. The blueprint cuts the budgets of the […]

SXSWedu Spotlights Equity & Access

Sustainably, collaboration, community, accessibility, health, and equity in education are not words commonly discussed in conversations at SXSWedu. Unlike years past, this year’s SXSWedu programming was chockfull of discussions about inequities in education, tackling tomorrow’s problems, serving underrepresented populations, and the importance of diversity in schools. While the conference still had its share of edtech […]

School Counselors Count

By: Christina Gordon, Senior Director The role of the school counselor is critical to student success, both in school and as they look ahead to college and career. A new report out today from the National Consortium for School Counseling and Postsecondary Success (NCSCPS) examines the state of school counseling and the significant role school counselors play […]

Houston Hispanic Forum

By: Katie Gragnaniello, Center for Equity in Learning Last weekend, we again joined forces with our friends at Univision to bring a Parent Academy to the 31st annual Houston Hispanic Forum (HHF) for Career Education Day. This day-long event was attended by nearly 13,000 families and more than 74 school districts in the Greater Houston-area […]

The Next Generation of Voters

By Scott Montgomery, Senior VP – Public Affairs High school students are our next generation of voters. In the coming years, they are going to help shape public policy, but their views are often overlooked because most of them are currently not eligible to vote. To address this lack of information, in December ACT surveyed […]

How You Can Help Underrepresented Students “Aim Higher”

By: Juan Garcia, Senior Director, ACT Center for Equity in Learning I’ve given many presentations to educators, especially concerning students who are commonly labeled “underrepresented.” I like to work the crowd when I speak, and there’s a theoretical situation I often present to them. The response is always interesting. “You have an Asian student, a […]

National School Counseling Week

This week, we celebrate National School Counseling Week. The theme this year is “School Counseling: Helping Students Realize Their Potential.” School counselors play a significant role in students’ lives and are vital members of the education system. The role of the school counselor is always evolving, as they take on much more than helping with […]

National Heart Month: Go Red for Women

By: Amber O’Connor, Center for Equity in Learning February is National Heart Month. Fifteen years ago the American Heart Association (AHA) started the Go Red for Women movement and encouraged everyone to wear red on the first Friday in February to raise awareness about the number one killer of women—heart disease—and to raise awareness on overall […]

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